Saturday, January 16, 2010
Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick plays Natalie Keener, a young woman who is intelligent, but is arrogant and inexperienced. When she meets George Clooney's character, they don't like each other at first. He feels that she is trying to sabotage his business and that she is a know-it-all brat and she thinks that he is rude and isolated. But they develop a friendship and learn from one another by the movie's end. Kendrick plays Natalie perfectly. She captures her arrogance, insecurity, determination, guilt, and sadness extremely well and is very funny on top of that. She has great chemistry with George Clooney and both she and Vera Farminga play each other off extremely well in one important scene. She also adds a lot to the film and leads it to it's conclusion. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing this role or playing it as well as she did. Now, I know that not everyone agrees (Sage, Andrew), but I think that Kendrick delivered a great, terrific performance in Up In The Air that certainly deserves a nomination. In a year without Monique in it, she could have easily gotten my vote. What do you think?