Forget that tween fantasy with vampires and werewolves. Watch a romance for grown ups. Try instead a beautifully written, carefully casted film about growing up and accepting love. That film I speak of is Up in the Air. This film stars the likes of George Clooney, who is at the top of his game. All actors down to the minor supporting roles are sublime. There are familiars in the cast you might remember from Jason Reitman's Juno ,such as J.K. Simmons and Jason Bateman. Though there roles this time around are even more delightfully cast.
"Up in the Air" is a film about a traveling "lay off" expert. Clooney's character Ryan travels around the country and fires people from their jobs. He grows accustomed and dependent upon his isolated lifestyle. That is until his company hires a young woman named Natalie, played by Anna Kendrick. Her use of technology might just make his job obsolete. In attempt to convince her and his boss otherwise, he takes Natalie along with him on one of his firing missions. As the trip progresses however, both characters are faced to deal with something they've long since avoided, themselves.
What I loved about it was all it's intricate details concerning each character and the use of subtle and clever lines. As always, i'm a sucker for films with heart. This is a film that has realistic characters that deal with real issues. Which i'd take anyday over the spectacle and slapstick comedy of modern day rom-coms.
This film hasn't officially been released and already it's receiving wide critical acclaim. Though i'm not one for relying solely on reviews. The film itself cannot be summed up in such. My advice, go out and see it. Make your own review.
"Up in the Air" is released officially Christmas Day.