Sunday, June 20, 2010

Best Films of the Decade - #28: Up in the Air (2009)

This being his third hit in a row, it is clear that Jason Reitman is currently one of our finest filmmakers. Some have even described him as the Billy Wilder of our generation. It's a reasonable comparison. Reitman crafted this story with humour and sensitivity. Many noted the timeliness of the film because of its prominent reference to people losing their jobs in a bad economic climate.

But there are so many other themes at work here. Youth and age, love and family, connectivity and distance, what we wish for and what's practical, the disappointment of our expectations not being met, the joy of simply being with another person; all of these thoughts come to the fore at the same time during Up in the Air. Each and every shot is a sea of nuance, with hidden depths of emotion and significance. Everyone can connect to this film on some personal level.

Wonderful performances from the three principles, George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. Deft comic touch and genuine humanity are perfectly balanced.

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