"Up in the Air" - as a film about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), an air miles whore of a traveling hatchet man for corporations too chicken-shit to fire their employees themselves, it's timely and depressing. Enter Natalie (Anna Kendrick) the young wunderkind with ideas to cut costs, and basically cut out the middleman in such firings, the irony is not lost on Ryan, but he's not about to let a whippersnapper obsolete him out of a job, and takes her under his wing to show her it's not just about saving money when people are cut adrift to fend for themselves, but there's a human element to the process that shouldn't be summarily dismissed in service of the bottom line. Ryan's job becomes a lifestyle of unattachment when it comes to friends and family and lovers. That changes one day for him when he meets Alex (Vera Farmiga) at a chance meeting at a hotel bar. Flirting and airport rendezvous ensues for this new pairing of hectic travelers. Overall, I can't say I was wowed by this film, perhaps I didn't appreciate Ryan's character arc, nor the plight of Ryan through the film's running time, and it's just hard to work up much sympathy for professional hatchet men, and invest much into Ryan, even with his experience to deliver crushing news to strangers on a daily basis while impressing upon them a glass-half-full demeanor. That being said, the main trio of actors (Clooney, Kendrick, and Farmiga) are all very good in their roles, I just never got a foothold with the script. I give it 2.75 stars, or a grade of B-.