Up In the Air

Have you ever wondered the relevance of Oscars these days? Well, there is one thing that certainly help accomplish. They incentivize Hollywood to release movies for grown-ups in the last few weeks of each year. And for that I love the Oscars!

Up in the Air is a thoroughly entertaining movie with excellent one-liners, smart jokes and characters that are fun to connect with. Goerge Clooney is Ryan Bingham, a man who makes his living as a 'Transition Consultant' or simply - a man who fires people. His job keeps him on the road, or really in the air, for most of the year. And unlike most people, Bingham loves being in the air mostly because that's the only life he has. Suddenly one day his very existence is threatened when a babe in the woods Natalie figures out a way to do his job over a video machine over the internet remotely.

Jason Reitmen is accumulating quite a portfolio. Up in the Air has the same irreverent, defiant and witty tone as his last two films: Thank You for Smoking and Juno.  Reitman's signature is so obvious that you'd know in the first few minutes that it feels like Thank you for Smoking.

Up in the Air makes fun of everything and everyone. That's when it is at its best. The problem with such movies is that there isn't a way to end them convincingly. At least not convincingly for the American audience. While Up in the Air manages to have a comparatively unpleasant ending -- it is the spirit that bothers you. In Clooney's realization that it is really love and companionship he has been missing all along, the film really craps on itself.

Like most things that fly in the air, Up in the Air, is fascinating when it is there, in the air, but not so pleasing when it comes crashing down.