Watched: April 22, 2015 on DVD
Year Released: 2009
Starring: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga
Run Time: 109 minutes
Description (from IMDb): With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.
This is another DVD borrowed from my mother. She’s got a thing for George Clooney. She thinks he looks like my dad. Not the other way around, not that my dad looks like George Clooney, but that George Clooney looks like my dad. Spoiler – he doesn’t. They are pretty close in age, though. Dad is about 2 weeks older than George.
Okay, sorry for that detour. My thoughts on this movie – I really enjoyed it! I thought Clooney’s acting in this movie was much better than in The Descendants, probably because he was really able to tap into his own experience. He played a man who didn’t really believe in commitment, and there was a scene where Anna Kendrick’s character was trying to convince him that relationships were important and didn’t he want to get married someday where you could almost sense him winking at the audience. After all, at the time the movie was made he was a serial bachelor.
But then, towards the end, he gets his heartbroken by the woman he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with, and you can see those walls he’d put up crumbling down. It was lovely. And as always, Anna Kendrick is Queen.
My one grip was the “cool girl” character. The put a twist on her at the end, but she was still annoying. Newsflash, saying you are not like “other” women is a shitty thing to say. All women are awesome. Implying that there is something wrong with the way “other” women act or think, but you’re cool because you act like a man, is horrid. Every woman should be proud of herself and love herself just the way she is. Don’t be like a man or a woman, just be you.
As always, you can check out all of my tweets from this movie by following me on Twitter @RLHammAuthor and searching for #WatchingUpInTheAir. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of tweets from the later half of the movie, because my phone lost service 😦
3 thoughts on ““U” is for Up in the Air”
I enjoyed Up in the Air more than I expected to. Love Vera Farmiga. She’s a fabulous actress.
agree about Vera. She makes me want to watch Bates Motel, even though I’ve avoided Psycho very successfully my entire life
I really don’t like Anna Kendrick, and I hate that “cool girl” thing. This movie sounds like it’s NOT for me.