Thursday, February 25, 2010

Up in the Air (2009) (2nd time)

The story is about a corporate downsizer and his travels. The film follows his isolated life and philosophies along with the people that he meets along the way. [wiki]

Nominated for 6 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director: Jason Reitman
Best Actor: George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick
Best Adapted Screenplay

When you watch it a second time, you realize Up in the Air is a cool movie and better than you thought! At least, that's what happened to me, because even though I liked it at first, this time I also noticed the small directorial touches and how efficient Clooney's performance really is.
The screenplay is well structured, even though the big twist is still a bit unjustified in the story. Also, I give more credit to Anna Kendrick; I thought her performance was really flawed at first, but the second time it seemed justified and fit for what the role required. Her biggest problem: the crying which doesn't really work and she should've practiced it more. Vera Farmiga is hot, but you somehow still expect more. Up in the Air is a good movie, and had the Oscar race not been so long, it would still be a Best Picture contender.
My rating for the film: 8/10. A solid 8, that is.


  1. I also enjoyed Up in the Air as well. I hope it gets some recognition and picks up an Oscar.

  2. I always stand up for Anna Kendrick's crying scene. I think she was playing it for laughs. She could've done it "properly", but I think it was intentional, it was meant to be funny, not realistic.

    I really liked the film, too.

  3. I agree with Lucky. Kendrick's crying scene was supposed to be funny, and she nailed it! I think Fermiga was good as well, but I think Kendrick was better. A great movie!