04 July 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Movie) Up in 3D

What a fabulous movie. It had the easy humor to satisfy the kids and depth of story to satisfy the adults. The 3D was fantastic. Nothing jumped out or buzzed you, it was used to add true depth to the viewing of the film. I loved that the poignant moments of the film were done without voiceover, I think it didn’t need it. I admit to getting a little teary-eyed.

This is one of the biggest surprises for me. I had heard the movie was good and that the kids liked it and all that usual Disney Pixar stuff, but I really wasn’t expecting this to be as fun, thought-provoking or adventurous as it was. This is truly a gem of film-making.

This is a great film for children to learn a little about live, about following a dream, keeping a promise, making friends, and more. The entire theater erupted in laughter several times, while at other times, you could have heard a pin drop.

Someone said they thought this movie could be a shoe-in for movie of the year for 2009. I couldn’t agree more. It had it all.

Go see it.

At a time when too many animated films consist of anthropomorphized animals cracking sitcom one-liners and flatulence jokes, the warmth, originality, humor, and unflagging imagination of Up feel as welcome as rain in a desert. Carl Fredericksen (voice by Ed Asner) ranks among the most unlikely heroes in recent animation history. A 78- year-old curmudgeon, he enjoyed his modest life as a balloon seller because he shared it with his adventurous wife Ellie (Ellie Docter). But she died, leaving him with memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats to South America. The journey’s scarcely begun when he discovers a stowaway: Russell (Jordan Nagai), a chubby, maladroit Wilderness Explorer Scout who’s out to earn his Elderly Assistance Badge. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for: Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), a crazed explorer whose newsreels once inspired Carl and Ellie; Kevin, an exotic bird with a weakness for chocolate; and Dug (Bob Peterson), an endearingly dim golden retriever fitted with a voice box. More importantly, the travelers discover they need each other: Russell needs a (grand)father figure; Carl needs someone to enliven his life without Ellie. Together, they learn that sharing ice-cream cones and counting the passing cars can be more meaningful than feats of daring-do and distant horizons. Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. ) and Bob Peterson direct the film with consummate skill and taste, allowing the poignant moments to unfold without dialogue to Michael Giacchnio’s vibrant score. Building on their work in The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the Pixar crew offers nuanced animation of the stylized characters. Even by Pixar’s elevated standards, Up is an exceptional film that will appeal of audiences of all ages. Rated PG for some peril and action. –Charles Solomon


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