Up in the Air (2009)

This movie was all-around incredible.

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney)

I was satisfied with the ending. I don't mind the ending being open-ended, but I would just have preferred it being open-ended like the ending to (500) Days of Summer.

I particularly noticed the music. It really helped me get into the movie. It created a flow.

The shots were great.

For the most part I love the characters.

For a while, after completing the movie, I didn't know what to make of the romance that transpired between Ryan (George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga). At first I was a little upset by what transpired. However, after watching the deleted scenes, I understood the movie. Whether the deleted scenes contributed to my understanding of the movie is unclear, but I definitely liked the movie more after coming to an understanding of it.

Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga)

I guess what I liked most about the movie is the fact that I both understand and relate to it. It encompasses various philosophies and beliefs I have.

In short, the deleted scenes were great. More specifically, a part of one was okay; some were beyond great and really added to the movie; and some might not have worked together in the final cut of the film, but could have worked with a different combination of scenes.

[20180510 Edit]

On 20180510, Netflix determined the movie for me as a 84% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down.

Instant Comments:
1: Zach Galifianakis's role in the film is brief. When the protagonist says he'll never see Galifianakis's character Steve again, it's true and neither do we. Sadness. A: I wonder where I saw Zach Galifianakis prior to this movie. [Answer: The Hangover. I watched The Hangover on 20100616 and I watched Up in the Air on 20110210.]
1, A: "Oh, come on. Show some hubris."

Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick)

A: Wow. He throws her pillow and neck pillows away.
A: 10 Million.
A: Smooth. "There's this bridge by my house. I'm going to go jump of it."
A: "Ryan left me." Begins crying hysterically.
A: Ha. "Jennifer Chu."
A: A parenthesis.
A: Sound cuts out for a moment after Ryan finishes his sentence.

Special Features:
1: Watched Deleted Scenes: To Know Me Is To Fly With Me, Real People Firing and Irate Employee, Thumber and Extended Boat Scene, Omaha Montage, Spacesuit
1: Watched Teaser Trailer. The trailer really is a teaser, as it has Clooney's "What's in your Backpack" speech playing over clips which match the speech. The jumbled clips don't given anything away.
1: Watched Theatrical Trailer. The theatrical trailer contains a little bit more information than the teaser trailer. It describes the protagonist's job and overall lifestyle. It sets up two possible love interests equally. I'd say that's a good trailer. Enough information to want to watch the movie, rather than being a short version of the movie.


1: Watched Shadowplay: Before The Story. This special feature discusses the title sequence. I guess Reitman worked with Shadowplay Studio for his other two movies: Juno and Thank You for Smoking. I would say Thank You for Smoking (2005) < Juno (2007) < Up in the Air (2009). Hopefully Reitman's next movie is better than Up in the Air. 1=20110210, A=20180510 (Screenshot Viewing)

Watched 20110210 (McNaughton Plan from Eisenhower Library)
Watched about half on 20180510 (Netflix, Instant) (Screenshot Viewing)
Up in the Air (2009) Jason Reitman. 109 min [aftnotsn (2001) by Walter Kirn]

Relevant Links:
Up in the Air (IMDb.com)
Up in the Air (film) (Wikipedia.org)
Up in the Air (novel) (Wikipedia.org)


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