Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air premiered over the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, and by all accounts (or at least the ones I’ve read), the movie was phenomenal and looks likely to be in the thick of it come Oscar season, and not just for best actor (George Clooney), best picture, and best director, but perhaps best supporting actress to, for Anna Kendrick’s performance. (She’s from Portland, Maine; she was in Rocket Science, and she is kick-your-momma awesome. You heard it here first: She’s gonna huge in two years or sooner).
Up in the Air also looks as though it will establish Reitman as one of the best directors in Hollywood. He was a little overshadowed with his other movies (by Diablo Cody and Ellen Page in Juno, and by both the performance of Aaron Eckhart and the stupid Katie Holmes flap with Thank You for Smoking). I suspect — despite the presence of George Clooney and the upstart, Kendrick — that Reitman will get his due for Up in the Air. It’s been a Reitman picture all along — never a Clooney one.
The movie will debut later this fall, and a trailer should be along soon. But in the meantime, we will have to settle for this short clip, an exchange between Clooney and Vera Farmiga.
Synopsis: George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a 35 year old a career transition counselor at a Denver-based management consulting company, Integrated Strategic Management (ISM). Ryan travels around the country to terminate corporate employees. He does not have a personal life and he numbs himself with sex, booze and drugs. His life on the road comes to a halt when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal hes worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after hes met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.