Jason Reitman, the director of Juno and Thank You for Smoking, brings us an adaptation of Walter Kirn’s novel Up in the Air with George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. With a solid 90% on RT, it was a definite must-see. It’s wide-release isn’t until Christmas Day, but if you can’t wait till then, AMC Loews in Georgetown is currently showing it. I was able to catch a showing last weekend and the theatre was packed, so go early!
(Don’t you just love that they played Lake Michigan in the trailer?)
With the contrasting combination of a funny script and a dark story, it could be classified as a “dramedy” or a “rom-com” or a light-hearted drama. Or perhaps it is a comedy that covers a very serious, rather sensitive, and quite eerily topical subject. I would actually advise against watching it on Christmas Day especially if you know someone who’s lost their jobs recently; not particularly a great day to be reminded of that.
Here are some early online reviews and articles:
Ted’s Take – How Much Does Your Life Weigh?
NY Times – Review of Up in the Air (novel)
WAFCA via DCist – Washington Area Film Critics Honor Up in the Air
– Winners of Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay/Adapted
post-script: WAFCA also gave Christoph Waltz from Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting actor and it is incredibly well-deserved. He was way too good at being evil.