Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #349 Up in the Air

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Movie #348 Up in the Air

(2009, US, d. Jason Reitman)

Up in the Air to me was the film that should have been recognized more in the year of 2009. Along with Inglorious Basterds, I thought it represented the best output Hollywood provided to general audiences that year. Up in the Air is a smart, well-written, and wonderfully economized script – an extremely talented task considering the thematic relation that task has with some of underlying themes of the film. It is a film that fully realizes really interesting characters that you could definetly meet sometime in your life. These are not extraordinary people, they are average people with average problems and screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner do a great job of depicting these guys in an honest manner. As a director, Reitman is able to find truths in the smallest things: glances, smirks, chuckles, beats, pauses, stares. He directs George Clooney in one of the finest performances in his career as Ryan Bingham, an employee of a company whose sole duty is to fire people, travels from city to city, delivering bad news to people and providing false comforts in pamphlets and “how-to” guides. He is a false. But one thing he is very good at is flying. Collecting miles in particular. It’s the one thing he treasure above most. The only thing that is real to him in a life without real connections and honest relationships. He travels 40,000 feet in the air, above problems and above commitments. He likes it that way, until one day he starts to realize what he is missing while up in the air. A wonderful and subtle film, Up in the Air is a film wherein all the components are able to work in perfect harmony, from the script to the score to the wonderful production design. But the real star here is Reitman, a name quickly establishing itself as one of the foremost creative thinkers in Hollywood. Though this film isn’t for everyone (no it isn’t a typical Hollywood film), I suggest you watch it. The bare honesty the filmmakers are able to lay at the audience’s feet is actually quite astounding.


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