Review: Up in the Air (2009)

In some ways, a movie like Up in the Air writes itself; the characters are somewhat archetypal and there's a kind of naturalism and logic to the cause and effect relationships at play between them. This breeds the best kind of cinemascope honesty. It's the feeling you get during a Coen Bros. film and it's certainly present here too. Up in the Air is mostly honest and sometimes raw. There is power in that kind of storytelling.

'Juno' and 'Thank You for Smoking' director, Jason Reitman (son of Ivan) presents his third 'dramedy', a screenplay he co-wrote and adapted from the Walter Kirn novel. George Clooney (Burn After Reading) dons his million-dollar smile and a series of clean-cut and well-fitted suits as Ryan Bingham a professional downsizer and the last face you see before the plug gets pulled on your career.

He is a serial traveller, jet-setting across continental United States from office to office, living out of a suitcase and embracing all the casual relations his position and charms afford him. As a strong single man, he is clinically detached from that innate desire to settle down and build a nest until he meets his female equal (a stunning and compelling Vera Farmiga).

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