Thursday, February 4

Review: Up in the Air

Jason Reitman (who made Thank You for Smoking and Juno before this one) has moviemaking in his blood: his father, Ivan Reitman, directed Ghostbusters. That movie was pretty much the essential children's movie of the eighties, so little Jason had quite something to live up to. He did this beautifully by making what is in my book the essential teenager movie of the 00's: Juno. Now he is back with Up in the Air, a movie about people in the economic crisis. And while it's pretty damn good, it was also pretty confusing.

First the good bits. Reitman has a stunning ability to make his characters, even if they are a little stereotypical, feel alive. It is almost as if you are taking part in their conversations. This is helped by good acting and excellent writing. The dialogues are sharp but at the same time meaningful. A standout moment for me was the conversation where a couple in their fourties tell a just-dumped girl in her twenties about love. This moment really spoke to me on a personal level. It might have even taught me something, and that's kind of rare on itself for a movie.

You might have noticed that Up in the Air shares a lot of it's virtues with Juno. That doesn't mean it's more of the same. The only thing the two films really share are the atmosphere and the themes about recent times. Up in the Air is a lot more mature the Reitman's previous films: the theme of people getting fired creates some rather heavy moments. This is not too strange, of course: the characters are all adults, instead of the teenagers of Juno.

Now for the bad bits. As I said, the movie confused me. Juno refreshingly passed no judgment at all on it's characters. This felt as a relief for a movie about such a touchy subject as teen pregnancy. Up in the Air doesn't do this either. The confusing part is that everything points at the fact that it wants to.

Let me clarify that. Clooney's character holds speeches about being a successful businessman, in which he tells people to be detached. He himself doesn't form any relationships whatsoever, which makes him the best at what he does. But then he meets a woman for whom he has genuine emotions. Happy ending? They get together and Georgie learns a valuable lesson about love and stuff? No. The movie ends without really wrapping this up. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, it just didn't seem to make sense in the context.

Don't let this keep you from seeing it anyway. It might not be a masterpiece, but it's still a damn well made movie with a great atmosphere that you won't regret immersing yourself in for 2 hours of your life.


As for the music, here is a simple but catchy song with some sweet guitar licks.

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