Up in the Air (2009) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Up in the Air

acting 7

directing 7

effects 7

editing 7

writing 7


3.5 out of 5 🐙


Jason Reitman sure likes to make movies about terrible people. That’s not a criticism. But he managed to make a  super fun and funny movie about alcohol, tobacco, and firearms lobbyists. In Up in the Air, he takes on people whose sole job is to fire other people because their actual bosses are too shitty and cowardly to do that themselves. Clooney is the chief canner and he’s his usual suave, strong self. Vera Farmiga is sultry and confident and irresistible. Anna Kendrick, who excels at playing adorable awkward people who are much deeper than they first appear (see A Simple Favor). She’s just friggin great. But the movie ended with me asking “that was it?” I felt like we were basically back to where we started. I dunno. Though it is always good to see Sam Elliott on screen. He is supernatural.




Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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