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Up in the Air

Up in the Air

By Clint Morris

Hollywood rarely treats us to such smooth first class rides anymore. Usually, they’ll throw you the cinematic equivalent of a packet of salt-drenched nibblies, dog-eared colouring book, and something nice to listen to to divert you from the unwelcome shakes, jolts, and restiveness ahead. But Jason Reitman’s ‘’Up in the Air’’ is such a pleasurable, bump-free jaunt you’ll wonder whether you’ve even left the ground.

Written and directed by the chap that gave us the equally well-written and surprising ‘’Juno’’, ‘’Up in the Air’’ is a soaring “real-life” dramedy about a career-man, played by captain charismatic George Clooney, who starts to wonder whether cash, condos and concierges aren’t where happiness lies.

Clooney’s Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman (Vera Farmiga) of his dream.

Young Natalie (Anna Kendrick) has worked out a way for companies to fire their employees without ever having to leave the office, thus eliminating the need for someone like Bingham.

Determined to show the naive “girl” the error of her logic, the slick Bingham takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.

It’s hard to put my finger on why this film worked for me so much as it did.

Was it because I’d just been pink slipped myself at the time (company I’d been with for several years had just gone into receivership, and I was forced to find another gig), and so could really relate to the plight of some of the poor sods here (who, by the way, were largely played by folks who’d recently become unemployed), about to face an insufficient funds alert in the near future?

Was it that I’d never been so taken by George Clooney in a film? That didn’t quite come out right. I love George – who doesn’t!? – and think he’s fun in whatever he does, he’s just never blown me away as much as did here. It’s the most authentic and most effective performances (and yes, I’ m also referring to Batman) I’ve seen from the former small-screen surgeon.

Was it the powerful performances of fellow passengers Anna Kendrick (“Twilight”) and Vera Famiga (“The Departed”)?

Was it that I awoke to the realization a few short years ago that family, not finances, is where it’s all at?

Or was it, quite simply, the refreshingly original but still very believable story as penned by top typist Reitman?

Guessing, all those things…

Like an airplane that’s encountered some rocky weather but got it through splendidly, I’m not going to question it too much. It works, and that’s all that matters. My god, it works.

“Up in the Air” is likely the smoothest, most pleasurable ride you’ll have all year – one I’ll personally be returning to time and time again in the years to come.

Blu-Ray Details & Extras

Accompanying the beautiful, grain-free, vibrant 1080p transfer are an intriguing commentary (like this, commentaries are always worthwhile when they’re both informative and entertaining), a music video, deleted scenes, a featurette, and storyboards.

Great extras, sure, but the real goods here lay within the film itself – it’s an absolute gem. Well worth adding to your collection.

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