Movie Review: Up in the Air*
Up in the Air is a comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking and Juno.) It is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. According to Reitman, “The movie is about the examination of a philosophy -- what if you decided to live hub to hub, with nothing, with nobody?” Well, what if the “you” was George Clooney? In that case, you would be dressed as dapper as could be, wantonly leaving women in your wake as you fly on to your next destination.
Clooney’s character in the movie, Ryan Bingham, is a man that is hired to fire. He fires people in person so that cowardly company execs don‘t have to. Nervous laughter ensues as we see various people getting fired (including Zach Galifianakis in an unfortunately brief performance.). Further we see how Bingham must then comfort those fired with absurd informational packets that will "help" them through the process.