Up in the Air- Reviewed in 100 Words

Reitman’s 2009 film offers an engaging and affecting view of travel and its alienating effects.

Ryan, a ‘corporate downsizer’, has his jet-setting lifestyle interrupted when he’s forced to take a bright-eyed graduate under his wing.

Clooney is expectantly good as the modern businessman forced to confront his self-imposed isolation. He’s well matched with Farmiga’s itinerant love-interest and Kendrick’s naïve ambitious pupil.

The heavy themes of unemployment and loneliness are thinly veiled by a light-hearted humour that mirrors the protagonist’s aloof manner.

UITA is a tightly edited, cleverly written film that sustains its dry wit and charm without detracting from its weighty subject matter.

4 stars

Jo Bradley.

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