Saturday, December 26, 2009
Well, I saw the movie as part of my annual Christmas tradition, and was totally blown away. Up In The Air is totally deserving of all of the accolades and was on my Top 10 List for 2009. I'm not a big fan of George Clooney, but this role suited him to a tee. He'll get an Oscar nomination, but although he probably deserves the award, he probably won't get it because he was kind of just playing a version of himself. Vera Famiga was outstanding in what is probably her breakout role, and I smell Oscar buzz either as Best Actress of Best Supporting Actress. She was brilliant, and also kudos to her for a nice and surprising nude scene. In fact, everyone in the movie was outstanding including Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, JK Simmons, and Danny McBride. I also could tolerate Amy Morton (who gave us the worst acting performance ever as the mother in Rookie Of The Year!) I also loved that just like Thank For For Smoking, the movie's theme was very dark and cold. You wanted to root for George Clooney's character (Ryan Bingham) but it was very hard because he was so cold and unable to accept the rules of society. For god's sake, this character was a lonely soul on the road for most of the year informing employees that they were out of a job. Although he thought he could change and become a caring person thanks in part to his relationships with two new women in his life, it would be a complete obstacle for him. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you are expecting the typical happy ever after ending like most movies, you won't be seeing it in this movie. If this did happen, the movie would have gotten a worst rating from me.
I'm pretty confident that Up In The Air is going to win for Best Picture not just for being a well-written, well-acted, and well-directed movie, but because it is a good representation of the current economic situation our country is in. Again, one of the best movies of the year as well as the second best movie I have ever seen on Christmas! The only knock I had with the movie was the lousy soundtrack. Couldn't Reitman have used a nice symphonic score from James Horner or Alan Silvestri instead of the random indie music? I'm just a stickler, sorry! Up In The Air is currently my pick for Best Movie at the Academy Awards. And also, Jason Reitman is going to do something his father never did, win an Oscar for Best Director! This time around, the son might be a little bit better than daddy!
Grade: A (Met Expectations, Highly recommended!)