Movie Up in the Air (2009)

Watched 20110210 (McNaughton Plan from Eisenhower Library)
Up in the Air (2009) Jason Reitman. 109 min [aftnotsn (2001) by Walter Kirn]

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This movie was all-around incredible.

I was satisfied with the ending. I don't mind the ending being open-ended, I would just have preferred it have been 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 and Alex. At first I was a little upset by what transpired in the movie. 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 with it.

I guess what I like most about the movie is from the fact that I not just understand it, but that I relate to it. It encompasses various philosophies and beliefs I have.

Overall the deleted scenes were great. A part of one was okay. Some were beyond great and really added to the movie. Some might not have worked together in the final cut of the film, but could have worked with a different combination of scenes.

Deleted Scenes:
To Know Me Is To Fly With Me
Real People Firing and Irate Employee
Thumber and Extended Boat Scene
Omaha Montage

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. These clips in their jumbled order don't given anything away.

Watched Theatrical Trailer. The theatrical trailer is 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.

"Oh, come on. Show some hubris."

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.

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.

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