UP IN THE AIR (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Yup, this shall be one of the first Oscar-nominated movies I’ll be watching. Up In The Air tells the story of Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a corporate downsizer and his travels. He practically lives his life in the airport and he enjoys his job which allows him to stay away from home and to accumulate frequent flyer miles. He meets Alex (Vera Farmiga) on one of his trips and realizes that she is also a frequent flyer like him. Just when things are going well for him, a young upstart, Natalie (Anna Kendrick), introduces video conferencing-downsizing and threatens his life on the road. One of the highlights was seeing how George Clooney fires these people and really makes them see the “light” and leave the company in a relatively peaceful exit. Zach Galifianakis plays an employee who has been let go with humourous results – smashing things, pouring bleach into the coffee and shredding (possibly important) office documents. Anna Kendrick is unlike the bimbotic Jessica she plays in the Twilight movies, and really shines as an overachieving graduate who sets targets and long lists for herself. That’s probably what most young adults are doing these days and gets put down because the real world isn’t like how we envisioned it to be. But I didn’t really like the ending because I was really hoping Ryan would find his own happy ending. 4 out of 5 stars.

Ryan Bingham: [on getting through airport security] Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love ’em. Natalie Keener: That’s racist. Ryan Bingham: I’m like my mother, I stereotype. It’s faster.

Ryan Bingham: [closing monologue] The stars will wheel forth from their daytime hiding places; and one of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip passing over.

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