Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reitman Wows the Crowds at Telluride

Jason Reitman's Up in the Air was specially screened this morning at the Telluride Film Festival, and those in attendance were over the moon about it. Reitman told the crowd that it's the most personal film he's ever made, and all reports say it's a smart, funny and perceptive comedy bound for Oscar glory.

Pete Hammond over at his L.A. Times blog Notes On a Season had high praise and big predictions for the film.

"Let's make it clear right now: Oscar nominations are likely assured for best picture, director, screenplay, actor for Clooney and supporting actress for either Anna Kendrick as the young know-it-all who threatens Clooney's job security or Vera Farmiga as a one-night stand who keeps on giving. Perhaps both will get nods. This is one of the smartest adult comedies in some time."

In Contention's Kris Tapley has similar raves, giving it a four-star rating and stating:

"The film is a triumph. It drips with Reitman’s passion, his love for his wife and child, his assessment of his own journey into adulthood. He just finished telling the audience at the Chuck Jones Theater that it’s probably the most personal film he’ll ever make. One can certainly understand the sentiment."

Great news. As a big fan of Thank You For Smoking and Juno, I've been looking forward to this one ever since it was announced. Add a killer cast and an uncannily perfect social climate, and this film looks to be an all-around winner. I'm looking forward to the December 4th release.


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