Up in the Air

14 Sep

Up in the Air is relevant to our culture’s current economic condition because the audience follows a character who fires people for a living. Is the subject matter difficult to stomach? Yes, but it serves as vehicle for a great character study that sheds light on the corporate world. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) flies to various companies around the U.S. and fires people for managers that prefer not to terminate their own employees. His profession becomes threatened with changes to his employer’s current practices, which makes Bingham uncomfortable.

Writer/Director Jason Reitman directs a sharp film that boasts Hollywood’s favorite leading man and two wonderful actresses, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. All of them create rich characters that audiences identify with on multiple levels. My area of contention lies in the final act. I feel it struggles to accomplish its ultimate outcome.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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