Jason Reitman is officially a brilliant filmmaker. After “Thank You For Smoking” and “Juno,” he delivers another surefire awards contender. His third film couldn’t be more timely, thought-provoking, darkly funny, challenging and heartbreaking. George Clooney has one of his best roles to date, and quite possibly delivers his best performance to date. He plays Ryan Bingham, a service-for-hire executive rented out by companies big and small to essentially terminate employees and save employers from growing a backbone. Bingham spends most of his time alone, flying all over the country and sleeping in hotels. His greatest ambition is to earn a record of ten million flier miles and earn himself a special name-tag. Life switches gears on him when his company hires a new gal (Anna Kendrick) to turn employee termination into a 5-minute private chatroom via the internet, saving the company all the travel expenses. Bingham objects to the idea and has to take the young graduate under his wing and demonstrate why he is so good at his work. Along the way he meets Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga–The Departed), another executive with a similar lifestyle of constant travel, and potential romance ensues.
I can’t stress enough how brilliant Clooney is in this film–able to evoke disdain and sympathy within a brisk 2 hours. Jason Reitman has penned his screenplay adaptation so strategically and carefully, and it really pays off. He has an ear for dialogue and an eye for his characters. Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick also deliver strongly in a film praised for great reason. “Up in the Air” is a brilliant, airy, intelligent, and tragic film well worth seeing.
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