‘Up in the Air’ Teaser Trailer Stays With You


After hitting folks hard at Telluride, knocking them down, and stealing all the positive praise they were carrying around in their wallets, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air has released a teaser trailer. This trailer somehow manages to both be 1) George Clooney talking a bunch and 2) entirely compelling. His monologue reads as if Gordon Gekko mated with Dean Martin and their offspring grew up studying nihilism in order to become a motivational speaker.

Our friends (and soon-to-be couch surfers at Reject HQ) over at /film has the exclusive trailer which you should see in Hi-Def. Check out the not-hi-def version here:

Near perfect.

The only misstep is a funny sound cue when Anna Kendrick’s character is breaking down in Clooney’s arms – there’s a tremelo synth line that pops in like a cartoon sound of someone crying that made me laugh the first time I saw it.

Otherwise, damn, a great way to get audiences interested. Or at least me. I’ve gone ahead and started the process of loading up a backpack with my blender, all of my clothing, my upright bass, two houseplants, a bust of Stonewall Jackson, and I should start kidnapping and packing my close friends and acquaintances by tonight. This is what happens with George Clooney tells me to do something. I take it literally.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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