Sunday, January 31, 2010
Up in the Air (2009)
George Clooney, so good that you almost don't notice him, plays a corporate downsizer obsessed with frequent flyer miles. In the course of several weeks, he deals with a young upstart looking to alter the job he loves, and a potential love interest, played with wit by Vera Farmiga. Anna Kendrick is great as the upstart, and the film is funny and entertaining, even though it does start to get bogged down in third-act contrivances. It's saved, however, at the very end from becoming a trite romantic comedy set in the world of growing unemployment, and becomes something a little more ambiguous instead.