Up 2009 ★★★★★

It's amazing just what animation can deliver that live action quite often simply can't. I don't remember ever watching a movie before that actually broke my heart in the first 15 minutes, but Up did. I freely admit, after watching one of the best montage sequences I've ever seen, I was openly crying. Pixar have outdone themselves with this; a truly heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure, loss and the power of the human spirit that ranks among some of the best storytelling you're ever likely to see.

It's a glorious picture. Given its Pixar, it just looks stunning in every way, a feast for the eyes - but more than that, it nails the whole package: characterisation, narrative, everything is here in spades. Ed Asner is perfect for the crotchety old widower Carl, on a mission to live the dream of his late wife - along the way becoming a father figure to Russell, the chubby, adventure-seeking kid he never had. The story of these two is touching without ever being sentimental, you truly believing in Carl's journey and Russell's desire to find a friend & father in his quest for adventure. Sure, the plot may be utterly bonkers - houses tethered to balloons, talking dogs, mad old hunters in souped-up'd blimps - but that just adds to its magic, it's charm. It's a fable, one well written enough with dry humour and clever visuals to appeal to all ages - classic Pixar, who understand their audience is the child in every adult out there.

I genuinely don't see how you can't find Up to be a beautiful piece of movie making. Replete with a gorgeous score from the great Michael Giacchino, I invite you to bask in what may well be - even including the Toy Story opus - Pixar's zenith. If all movies were this wonderful, the world would be a better place.

4 Comments

  • Your reviews are fantastic. You have a way to state things so succinctly, in terms everyone can read without tripping over, and cut it straight to the films core.

    You've gained 1 reader. Keep up the fantastic work.

  • *blushes* Thanks a lot. I'm just grateful you're reading.

  • This is my favorite animated film of all time (Incredibles being a close second)... and one of my favs period.

    I think this has Pixar's best animation. I remember being fascinated watching Carl's tweed jacket... how the sleeve flexed and ruffled as his arm moved. *shakes head* Wow!

  • It's not as good a story as Toy Story, nor are the characters quite as brilliant, but this moved me more than any of that trilogy did.

    Stunning picture. The animation is remarkable, I agree.

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