Now I have no problem with Hollywood trying to make movies that cause people to feel bad, thinking about the failures that life has presented them, but if such a theme is not to your liking, then you should probably try and avoid Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. The movie deals with the thought that a life without a family is pretty much unbearable, but don’t sweat it, there’s enough humor to insure that movie is not weighed down by such conventionalities of the genre.
George Clooney plays the role of Ryan Bingham a man who spends most of this time trying to avoid his family while submersing himself in his work, which requires him to travel almost non-stop. Clooney as usual, gives a wonderful performance, without having to resort to wacky antics. Director Jason Reitman is known for his deliciously entertaining Thank You For Smoking, a movie that managed to firmly capture an audience, and once again does a good job as a director.
Alas, the last third of the film is mildly trying, as the consequences of living a nomadic lifestyle begin to catch up with Clooney. At this point, we the audience understand the message of the movie and now it no longer needs saying. Yes, I was bored by this section of the film, but that doesn’t take away from the majority of the movie. Most people will go see the film for Clooney alone, and while that in and of itself is not a bad reason to go, check it out for the fact that it manages to give a reasonable, yet cliche, message.