It’s not really fair to call this a teaser because it’s lengthy and does a fantastic job of selling the film’s over-arching theme. Clooney’s voice-over is well-written and (no surprise) well-delivered. My problem is whether or not Reitman can make a film that feels fresher and deeper than the theme of “Working hard for a successful career and material rewards at the expense of personal relationships,” which we’ve seen many times before. But since Reitman directed “Thank You for Smoking” and “Juno” (the latter a film which received some backlash but more for Diablo Cody’s script because it’s stylized and she’s a woman so why should she get to write catchy dialogue?) and has George Clooney as the lead, I’m not too worried.
Hit the jump for the “teaser” trailer and a brief plot synopsis. “Up in the Air” is currently slated to hit theatres on December 4th.
From Jason Reitman, the Oscar® nominated director of “Juno,” comes a comedy called “Up in the Air” starring Oscar® winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.