‘Up in the Air’ trailer

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 9th, 2009

I guess it’s landing a little early.  /Film has the exclusive teaser for Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air,” which the director conceived himself exclusively for the internet.  It’s a beautiful piece that really captures the tone and spirit of the film.

I generally prefer trailers put together by filmmakers (Paul Thomas Anderson does it a lot) because they tend to be free of the usual marketing tropes and have an artistic value unto themselves.  Reitman didn’t do the actual editing (he gives credit there to the folks at Acme, who also do his opening credits sequences).  But still, it clearly comes from the same mind that conceived the film.  You don’t get that very often.  There will be another trailer down the line, something geared toward the masses, I’m sure (and there’s obviously a necessity for that), but I’m glad this one’s out there:




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  • 1 9-09-2009 at 8:05 am

    James D. said...

    I like that a lot more than the clip you posted yesterday. Also, Galifanakis.

  • 2 9-09-2009 at 8:18 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    I don’t know if this is newsworthy for your site, Kris, but io9 did an interview yesterday with Jordu Schell, who is the concept artist and character designer for the Na’Vi in James Cameron’s Avatar.

    The interview itself reveals some…interesting details about what Cameron wanted.

  • 3 9-09-2009 at 8:18 am

    Wade said...

    Whoa, guess I wasn’t expecting that. Looks much more serious than either of Reitman’s previous films.

  • 4 9-09-2009 at 8:26 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hamer: Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll give it a look.

  • 5 9-09-2009 at 8:45 am

    Marlowe said...

    Apparently there will not be any Reitman films ever sans J.K. Simmons. And there’s nothin’ wrong with that at all.

  • 6 9-09-2009 at 8:49 am

    John said...

    Hmm, looks rather haunting, actually. I’m intrigued.

  • 7 9-09-2009 at 8:50 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Up in the Front…in the Oscar race. Err, something like that.

    Jason Reitman is the master at finding and hitting the zeitgeist. I think “Up in the Air” will prove it.

    Reitman: Cast J.K. Simmons in all of your movies for the rest of your life. Why mess with a good thing?

  • 8 9-09-2009 at 9:15 am

    Bill said...

    Is it possible those shots of swimming and running the treadmill at the hotel are a salute to Lost in Translation?

    Also, thumbs up for Danny McBride. And Jason Bateman. And Zach Galifianakis?

  • 9 9-09-2009 at 9:23 am

    Georgie said...

    It looks amazing. This seems like the perfect role for Clooney. For those of you who have seen the movie, does Kendrick or Farmiga get more screentime? Kendrick is one of my favorite younger actresses after Rocket Science.

    And I didn’t know about McBride or Bateman or Simmons being in this… but that just makes me even more excited.

  • 10 9-09-2009 at 9:35 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’d say the screen time is about equal. Neither stands out from the pack (nor should they), but Kendrick gets the comic relief.

  • 11 9-09-2009 at 10:11 am

    RichardA said...

    So, it’s lessons from a middle-aged man.

  • 12 9-09-2009 at 10:14 am

    maurier said...

    Hm, that looks veeery interesting and… melancholic? Anyway, can’t wait to see it.

  • 13 9-09-2009 at 10:29 am

    Bill said...

    Kris, does this trailer well-represent the mood of the film? It looks a little somber.

    Also, I wonder if much has been written of the parallel careers of Judd Apatow and Jason Reitman. First film, a straight comedy. Second film, a pregnancy comedy, released in 2007 to critical acclaim. Third film, a deeply personal comedy, released in 2009 to much hype. Looks like Reitman pulled it off where Apatow couldn’t. Are Jason Bateman, Sam Elliot, and JK Simmons Reitman’s Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Paul Rudd?

  • 14 9-09-2009 at 10:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No idea what happened to the trailer. Hunting it down now. Sigh…

  • 15 9-09-2009 at 10:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Alright, we’re back up.

  • 16 9-09-2009 at 11:17 am

    JAB said...

    my excitement for this just keeps building

  • 17 9-09-2009 at 11:21 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    good trailer

  • 18 9-09-2009 at 11:33 am

    Rae Kasey said...

    Looks great. Love the voiceover and the somewhat forlorn piano piece.

  • 19 9-09-2009 at 12:43 pm

    Missy said...

    I’m in.

  • 20 9-09-2009 at 12:54 pm

    Reuben said...

    Is the music from the trailer Rolfe Kent’s score? Or is it just a temp piece from another movie because it really is beautiful.

  • 21 9-09-2009 at 1:22 pm

    jess said...

    Typical liberal bullshit :

    White Alpha Male facing middle-age crisis
    White Female sexually frustrated
    Both tired of having to work for a living (must be their French ancestry)
    Both voted for Obama
    Both bought the Juno DVD

    Next !

  • 22 9-09-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Christian said...

    I generally wasn’t that excited for this film till I saw this trailer, which I thought to be fantastic. This film has definitely become one of my more anticipated films for the rest of the year.

  • 23 9-09-2009 at 3:17 pm

    Matthew said...

    Trailer was great. Visually beautiful. Loved the voice-over and music. Gave an idea of tone, but didn’t really give anything away of the story. I love the cast, but I’m most excited about Anna Kendrick. She was phenomenal in Rocket Science, and I also felt that she was the only one in the Twilight movie who may’ve realized how ridiculous it all was. But that’s just my own reading of her performance. Again, amazing in Rocket Science, excited that she’s in this too.

  • 24 9-09-2009 at 3:47 pm

    André said...

    hey Kris, do you by any chance remember if the music in the trailer is from the film’s score?

    I’m kinda obsessing over it since I first saw the trailer , and really curious to know what it is!

  • 25 9-09-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Marko said...

    The music is Genova by Charles Atlas.

  • 26 9-09-2009 at 10:09 pm

    Joel said...

    Now has surged to the top of my to-see list. This is going to be GREAT.

  • 27 9-12-2009 at 2:32 pm

    Aaron said...

    Looks really great. Not at all what I expected it to be, agree with whoever said it had a melancholic/sombre feel to it. P.s. LOVE Vera Farmiga! One of the most underrated actresses in films today, IMO.

  • 28 9-12-2009 at 3:13 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Zach might want to shave his beard for serious roles.

  • 29 9-13-2009 at 3:29 am

    Nick said...

    Hey, Marko, thanks.