I wouldn’t be a well-rounded (pseudo) film blogger if I didn’t post this, the just-released teaser trailer for Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air, which debuted at the Telluride Film Festival late last week to unanimous praise and critical high-fives. Reitman—-the director behind the underrated Thank You for Smoking and the gets-less-and-less-great-over-time Juno—-adapted the novel by Walter Kirn, which is sitting on my desk at home waiting to be cracked open (perhaps I will once I finish William Hjortsberg’s exceptional Falling Angel).
Starring George Clooney as a troubled businessman that racks up excessive frequent flyer miles (that’s the surface plot; the story cuts much deeper, I’m sure), Up in the Air is pretty much guaranteed to cause a ruckus come awards time. Reitman has suddenly become one of the most acclaimed young filmmakers in the game, with some already projecting his career above-the-clouds. The guy has a sure hand, definitely, but isn’t it a bit premature to anoint him as a filmmaking demigod at this stage? Maybe Up in the Air really is exceptional and I’ll eat my own words, but, up until now, I’ve felt somewhat unconvinced. This teaser trailer, however, does leave me really compelled to pay closer attention to this flick as it nears its early December release. I had no idea that Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Bateman all had minor roles, which is wonderful; and Vera Farmiga is emerging as one of my favorite actresses (seriously…..Orphan was slept-on, as was/is Joshua. There, I said it, dammit!).
Check the Clooney-heavy teaser, after the jump: