up – still holds… up!

UP, for those of you who haven’t seen it, is about an old man who’s done with his life and wants to take his house to where he’s always dreamed of going. A young Wilderness Explorer tags along on this journey and they battle the elements and some villains. Pixar/Disney released this film in 2009, it was directed by Pete Docter and written by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson.

The good; where to begin… well, the beginning. I love it when films can tell a story without any dialog, it’s wonderful. Much like Pixar’s last film, Wall-E, there’s a chunk of time where the images tell the story, and they tell it well!

Upon seeing the original trailer it reminded me a whole lot of anime, in particular Miyasaki‘s work.  But then after having watched the movie, it is more traditional in western story telling, but it does emote from Miyasaki’s body of work.

The role reversals of the main characters was brilliant.  A lot will go over the heads of the kids, but Pixar does it again.  I don’t want to go in to more detail for fear of ruining it for those who haven’t seen it.  The score by Michael Giacchino is great, and not the typical Randy Newman stuff.

The bad; I remember watching this in the theatre, and it was filled with kids. Parents… you need to train your kids better, if they can’t stay in their seats during a movie, maybe you shouldn’t bring them to a movie??
In the beginning there’s a sad sad part, and in the audience I hear, “Why is everyone sad?”  First of all, shut it kid, and second, you will sadly find out later in life.  Although the overall story is not for kids, there is enough humor to carry them through.

Overall, one of the best. It received five Academy Awards nominations, the biggies were Best Picture, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. If you haven’t seen this film yet, go to the nearest location where movies and bought and sold and purchase this film, you won’t be disappointed.

Fade out-



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