Up In The Air is a good film, but it does lose its way toward the end. It was quite edgy and different for the first half, til it decided to turn into a story of a man on a journey to find himself.
It was always the story of a man on a journey to find himself. It's just so adept at it, that it doesn't appear to be. Where else is it going to go? Aside from the V.O. in the air, it ends perfectly.
I know three different groups of people: those who love UitA and annoy everybody else, those who are mildly indifferent, and those who hate it. I'm inclined to call it one of the most if not misunderstood the misrepresented films of the year.
I ask those who hate it, why? I get incredibly confusing answers. I fall back on WHAT DID YOU WANT FROM IT? I get observations and not critiques. Complaints that it's a pro-family movie. I honestly didn't think we were at a point where any movie that legitimately posits that you need more than your job to be happy is a conservative, insensitive work of out-of-touch elitism. There are some more complaints, but the rest are on the line of those who just don't have much use for it. Jason Reitman certainly doesn't linger on the delicious character moments like a less sequence-happy filmmaker would. I think it's rather sad that this kind of thing is going a little bit out of style, the Rite of Passage movie. When there is one, it has to be like As Good As It Gets. Up in the Air doesn't have as many level-headed fans out there.
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