Much like last year, this is last week of the year is pure vacation for us, so we’re spending it together watching movies, hanging out, and running errands. Today, we had lunch at Big Fish in Princeton, and then went to see Up in the Air. It’s a newly released movie that’s getting great reviews, so I made the suggestion we go see it. Wow, what a great idea.
Directed by Jason Reitman (son of Ivan Reitman), this was certainly one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a man who works for a firm that has him travelling around the country laying off people for various companies. He’s isolated from a relationship standpoint, and relishes the accumulation of frequent flier and loyalty program points. The story itself is about himself opening up, and involves two other people as well in his life.
The music was great, the direction was great, the story was great, and the acting was fantastic. As a traveller, I secretly enjoyed watching him pack, and knowing the ropes of getting through security and such with efficiency. Loved it.
I’m looking forward to seeing this film soon, as it seems to be a strong Oscar contender.
Speaking of Oscar, you should check out Avatar. Trust me, the hype is worth it. Sure, the story is recycled and a few lines are a bit dry, but the visual and technical proficiency alone is worth the price of a ticket. I watched it in IMAX 3D twice. Loved every minute. Cameron is back, I say.
Phil, I’m considering seeing it. Maybe later in January with the guys. Thanks.