Up in the Air


Review: Ryan Bingham is an executive who enjoys travelling around the country firing people. He can see that change is coming and his company propose to replace flying with video conferencing. The only problem is that he objects to this because it is going to change his lifestyle.  
Director: Jason Reitman
Actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons, Sam Elliott, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Lowell, Steve Eastin and Marvin Young
Year: 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
This did remind me of the film The Terminal (2004) in the way that George Clooney’s character doesn’t actually have a home and lives out of a suitcase. He has no life except at the airport. As much as I enjoyed this film I felt that it is just George Clooney playing himself and he didn’t have to exactly break sweat. He has played this same character a few too many times. This film started off promising and then I felt that half way through it didn’t know how to play out the rest of the story. The script was very well written with bits of added humour in. The director/screenwriter Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002, when the economy was booming. He had planned to make it as his first feature. However he put this project on hold until 2009 and he worked on the film Juno (2007). Jason Reitman worked with J.K. Simmons in Juno (2007) and also Labor Day (2013). Both Jason Batman and Jason Reitman worked together on Juno (2007). At the Golden Globe Awards in 2010 this won for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. At the Bafta Awards in 2010 this won for Best Screenplay – Adapted. 


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