Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Up There

We saw Up in the Air last night, and while I thought the acting was good — George Clooney rarely hits a false note and this time he was very good — and the direction by Jason Reitman was excellent, I thought the plot was predictable (I figured out the end long before it happened) and I left the theatre wondering if it wasn’t all a little too neat and tidy. Order is restored, and the beat goes on. “Make no mistake, moving is living.”

There’s a lot of Oscar buzz about this film. Perhaps, but if there’s one thing that made the film a winner for me it was the nod, deliberate or not, to the cult classic (and now the subject of doctoral dissertations) The Big Lebowski. That said, if it’s a choice between the films this year that had “Up” in their title and dealt with frequent fliers, I’d just as soon go with this one.