Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Up!

Filed Under:

Rating: 5/5

Up, directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, tells a touching story of a 78-year-old widower, Carl Fredricksen, who travels to South America to fulfill his lifelong dream by tying thousands of balloons to his house.

When I first saw the trailer for it, I thought, "This is going to be just another hilarious comedy." But I had forgotten that it's Pixar, not Dreamworks, and Pixar never disappoints.

The story goes beyond Carl's wish to go to South America, and delves deeper into the human aspect of guilt. I won't will try not to spoil the plot, so I'll start of by saying this: I cried three times during that movie. It starts of very sweet and cute: a young Carl is at the movie theatre watching a documentary about his favourite explorer. On the way back home, he meets a little girl named Ellie, who he later marries. She is also a wilderness enthusiast and makes him promise (he crossed his heart!) to take her to South America one day.

Fast forward a few decades: Ellie is dead, and Carl is anguished at the fact that he hadn't kept his promise. So he ties thousands of balloons to his house, and off he goes to South America!

Pixar is great at storytelling; Carl Fredricksen's actions were so believable, that I truly felt like I was there with him. Every little detail was explained in the end; every loose end tied up, just like the balloons to Carl's house.

In all, this was a great concept which bloomed into an amazing story with some original laughs and real heartfelt moments. Just as a sidenote, I think my favourite character would have to be Dug, the friendly dog, just because I can relate to him the most. He's friendly, very absentminded, and gets distracted very easi - SQUIRREL! I would recommend this movie to anyone, because there's something in it for everyone.

Also, if you're like me and you like listening to the soundtrack during the movie, it is absolutely superb as well. :)

So, if you've seen it already, what were your thoughts? And if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for?!




 

7 comments so far.

  1. Clem on July 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    I LOVED THIS MOVIE. When I first saw ads for it, I was like, "Okay, it'll be good, but I don't get the hype." But when I saw it with my mom and brother, I was absolutely blown away. I cried two times and I ended up loving it more than Wall-E. It's the best movie I've seen so far this year, and it definitely deserves an Oscar.

    I think Dug is my favourite character too.

    He's friendly, very absentminded, and gets distracted very easi - SQUIRREL!

    I laughed. :P

  2. Manda on July 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    I loved this movie! My favorite character was Russell, I thought he was adorable. And I agree with you - Pixar makes the good films, Dreamworks makes the forgettable ones when it comes to animated movies :P

  3. Marbles on July 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    so still haven't seen it yet, oh well

    did nick laugh when you cried, or did he cry too, cause that would be really funny

  4. Loralei on July 7, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    This movie looks really good! I haven't seen it yet -- I was waiting for it to come out on DVD. Maybe I'll have to go see it?

  5. Justin on July 8, 2009 at 3:33 AM

    haha I'm a fan of the soundtrack too... especially that jittery mambo type theme thing whenever there was a cute/funny scene. WOW I failed at describing that...

    I cried a lot during the movie too.... the whole beginning sequence that showed them aging and getting older had me balling! lol Pixar is really good with using repetition to make things heart-warming and meaningful.

    I also cried at the pin at the end. I would have cried when he saw the rest of the book, but I knew it was coming, and cried earlier thinking about it. lol

    my favorite character was the bird. lol

  6. Trish on July 8, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    I. LOVED. THIS. MOVIE. It was great! I almost cried, too, haha. I'm not sure what I thought was great - it was pretty much everythi-SQUIRREL!

  7. Caity on July 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    I want to see this movie so badly but I've been so busy lately. Hopefully I will see it this weekend.

Something to say?