Saturday, June 06, 2009


We went to see UP last night. This is the latest Pixar film, and the first to be based on humans without super powers.

The basic story line is, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen [Ed Asner] sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America... by tying thousands of balloon to his home. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell [Jordon Nagai], a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. Adventure and action follow. But it's also a film that examines our struggles with loss: the loss of a loved one, the loss caused by death, the loss of a dream, the loss of purpose. The first 20minutes or so of the movie is a brilliant montage lacking any dialogue but packed with heartfelt emotion. It sets up the darker undertones for the film and immediately sucked me into the life of one Carl Fredricksen. I won't give any more of it away.

One of the most powerful lines, is Russell’s revelation, as he is reflecting on his absent father, that “it’s the boring parts I remember best.”

As per Pixar tradition, John Ratzenberger [Cliff Clavin on Cheers] once again provides a voice in the movie, making him the only actor to do a voice in every Pixar film. The Pizza Planet Truck, which has also appeared in every Pixar film, makes its appearance near the end of the film.

It's a film well worth seeing. We didn't see it in 3D... anyone see it in that format?

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1 comment:

Scott said...

Saw it in 3D tonight. The movie was awesome, and the 3D amazing. Definitely worth the price of admission.