Oh dear, how time flies! I’ve gotten so behind in everything I haven’t been able to commit any time at all to this lonely blog. Well, here I am. I’m back!
Up In The Air is one of the great films of the year (or I suppose the past year). Directed by Jason Reitman, and starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, it’s spectacular. Catologuing the story of a man who flies from city to city firing people for bosses who are just, for lack of a better expression, don’t have the balls. Realizing his loneliness in his estranged lifestyle, he falls in love with the beautiful and similiarly minded Alex (Farmiga).
The acting is incredible–it’s probably the best I’ve seen Clooney, and although Farmiga is relatively new on the mainstream scene , she’s also quite brilliant. The dialogue is quick, and witty, the story fast paced and charming. The overall themes of loneliness are devestating, and if you at all feel as if you are alone, bring your tissues, you’ll need them.
The music is also great. The soundtrack is complilation of different artists, prominently featuring Crosby, Stills and Nash. I particularly love one song entitled Help Yourself by Sad Brad Smith. The original compositions are done by Rolfe Kent. It’s a great complilation.
From the opening scene panning over airplane views of the West, great crop circles and fields with a bluesy version of This Land is Your Land, to the spectaculayly devestating ending, the film is a masterpiece, if I do say so. Despite the lonliness and despair, and the rather unglamorous lifestyle that Clooney leads in the film, he makes you want to be him, and fly from city to city, living a life in airports and hotels, instead of being trapped in one place in one life. The acting, script, and music are brilliant, as well as the cinemoography. All in all, a true deserver of a best picture.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ( I know, wow!)
Overall: everything is amazing from the quick, witty dialogue, to the convincing devestating acting. Simply amazing.