Up in the Air (Reitman, 2009)
This review contains spoilers.
I saw Up in the Air while I was up in the air (hardy, har, har), flying to Puerto Rico. Obviously, the version I saw was slightly edited for content since I was on a plane, but I think I got a fair understanding of the movie regardless. Clooney is cast, yet again, as an aging bachelor with no interest in a committed relationship/family, that is until he meets the right gal. It felt like much of the same old tired stuff for Clooney. His romantic relationship is pushed slightly in the background, though, which makes it a little less clichéd, and his love interest is played very well by Vera Farmiga. And what we do see of this relationship is handled quite smoothly until the hackneyed plot decision of having him leave in the middle of a presentation to go track her down. Of course, I’m sure Reitman thought the move was okay since he followed it up with the reveal that she is already married. But the whole thing came across as a desperate shock attempt. I don’t have a lot to say about the father/daughter-like relationship between Clooney and his co-worker. Though it was the main essence of the movie, it was bland and a little too ‘life lesson to the audience’ for me. 5.5/10