Just walked out of an LFF screening for Up in the Air and had the feeling of “finally.” The film stars George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Jason Bateman, in a story about a guy who travels around the US firing people and becoming a master traveler.

Overall the film used ideas that we had seen before, but in a new and fresh way. There was the guy that travels and refuses to settle down, a young plucky employee shoving out the “old guy”, and a problem that must be solved. The ending you could see a mile away, but the feelings that came with it was not what you would expect. In a way Jason Reitman the director/writer found a new way to use cliches, making them a new form of non-cliche-cliches. To top that off, he finally gives a good reason for a man running through at airport to get to a woman, so for that I thank him.

On the surface the film can seem a bit depressing. It deals with people being fired due to the economy and the reality behind, which is hard to watch and yet in a strange way, optimistic. It’s difficult to imagine this being so but my hats off to Reitman for successfully portraying it to an audience.

Although it’s lead by slightly depressing subject matter, the way that they dealt with it was what made it so successful. It felt real. They finish telling their story, and yet there’s no package with a bow on top. It’s a complete thought without being over indulgent or self important.

In the end, it’s not the people who loss their jobs that are left with nothing, it’s the people who just… keep… going for no reason. A nice final little touch from the filmmaker comes at the very end of the film. If you stay through the credits you’ll see how getting fired and following your passion can open doors for you in ways you probably never thought possible at your “safe” job…

Some of my favorite points:

  • The Script: Well written and executed. The dialogue was some of the best I’ve heard in a long time. Just as funny as it is smart and poignant.
  • Real Life: The honest portrayal of people of all ages and at all stages of their lives.
  • The Ending: Although in ways predictable for the worn movie-goer, it was still alive and refreshing.

Of course I’ll write out my full review when the film is release, but for now it’s safe to say that the movie does leave you feeling optimistic while at the same time a bit up in the air about your own life and your own choices.

The film will be hitting theaters December 25th. Perfect for the holidays, especially those who might be having a rough year and need a realistic pick me up.

About to head off to the press conference so I’ll be back soon with more!

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