trailer break: ‘Up in the Air’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Wow: killer trailer, full of zingers and pathos. I love this movie already. It’s Michael Clayton as a dramedy! It’s Thank You for Smoking but sweeter! It’s George Clooney in Love!

At least that’s what Paramount wants us to think. And I’ll go along with that for now. Unless it turns out that it’s ten thousand kiddie balloons that loft Clooney up in the air. That’s such a cliché.

Up in the Air opens in the U.S. in limited release on December 4 and wide on December 25; it opens in the U.K. on January 15, 2010.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2009 11:28am

They don’t even consider how much radiation they take per flight. Oh, whoops.

Tue, Nov 24, 2009 1:19pm

Nice to see that a wittily trenchant commentary on the soul-deadening bankruptcy and ultimate fall of the dot-com era (distilled into one psychologically troubled man’s slow disintegration over the course of his final business trip) got adapted into a romantic comedy. The book and flick appear to have little in common aside from the mileage schtick and the main character’s name.

That said, Clooney does look nicely yummy in this–I think it may be sort of like I expect the Sherlock Holmes movie to be–amusing in its own way, but I know too much about the original source material to fully enjoy it.

Thu, Nov 26, 2009 12:47am

Arg!! BBMing has made it to the movies!

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Sat, Dec 05, 2009 2:56am


(Note: Haven’t seen the movie yet. Just the reviews. And judging how well I guessed the big surprise of an older movie based solely on MaryAnn’s comments, it would be interesting to see how accurate I am this time.)

Just last year we were all supposed to applaud the fate of the protagonist in Drag Me to Hell because she was apparently singlehandedly responsible for the AIG scandal. (Okay, she wasn’t really, but to read the reviews of most film critics, you’d think she was.)

Now we’re supposed to feel sorry for George Clooney because he’s playing a professional corporate downsizer with a conscience…

Yeah, I can just imagine this being a big hit around the holidays…

No doubt if I’m expecting serious social commentary from modern-day Hollywood, I should go back to watching old Busby Berkeley movies.