Up in the Air

Title: Up in the Air
Year: 2009
Length: 109 minutes
Director: Jason Reitman
Writers: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Music: Rolfe Kent (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Farmiga) and Best Supporting Actress (Kendrick)

My reaction
Synopsis: a guy who fires people for a living lives out of a suitcase
How I saw it: in the theater, today
Concept: Good.
Story: Good. Several key plot points are frustratingly predictable.
Characters: Good. They felt full and real while I was watching it, but now that I think about it, they’re not very believable after all.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. Not best-performances-of-the-year great, but great.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Well-directed and well-acted. It has a strong emotional weight, which is pretty impressive considering that it’s almost impossible to sympathize with these characters.
Objective Rating: 3.4/4 (Very good).


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