*Warning Minor Spoiler*
I’m going to go out and be completely honest with you guys and say that I’m usually not a fan of children’s animated films. There have been a few exceptions of course like the Lion King and WALL-E. Both of these films I had a thoroughly good time watching.
So when Pixar and Disney announced their latest movie UP I wasn’t overly excited. I can assure you now after seeing it though; that it should definitely be a movie you should get excited about. UP is a beautifully told story that I believe everyone should see. As in the case with WALL-E I don’t think this movie started out the normal way most children’s movies would. WALL-E had the wordless opening act and while this movie didn’t have as much of an off beat opening as that it certainly was almost unexpected.
The movie starts out with the main character that you’ve seen in the previews only when he’s probably around 8-10 years old. He is fascinated with an explorer who went to South America as he wears an explorer cap and goggles while he imagines that he is an explorer. While doing this he meets a young girl around the same age who loves the same explorer and as you can probably guess they start to like each other. The next I would say 10 minuets of the film is a montage to music of the couple growing up getting married and growing old together until Ellie the woman eventually dies of old age. This is a really heartbreaking scene of events as you can tell that they both really love each other and that Carl is really not the same after she passes. Well as you can imagine Carl really has nothing left to do while he’s alone in his house.
The next step for Carl is to try and make his and Ellie’s dreams come true and go to South America like their once favorite explorer did years ago. Carl comes up with a contraption to make his house carry hundreds of helium balloons to carry him to South America. Little does he know that a little named Russell who is a Boy Scout type is along for the ride. From here on Russell and Carl eventually make it to the mysterious place in South America where an apparent adventure ensues with talking dogs and crazy looking birds. Not to give too much away the story goes from there and it’s a really fun ride.
UP is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time and I know I have said that a lot lately about the movies I have seen, but what can I say all the movies that have come out recently I’ve just really enjoyed. Although UP has definitely been one of the best movies I have ever seen. The relationship that builds with the main characters of Carl and Ellie even in the short time you see it is really a beautiful thing and don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two when she passes. Carl’s character really reminded me of the old guy you have to love, much like a Walter Matthau character would have been. I personally loved Carl as he turns out to be like a bad ass at the end of the movie and even some people clapped during his scenes in the movie. There is a great character named Doug who is a dog with a voice recognition collar so you can hear what he’s saying and some of his lines definitely do steal the movie. Russell and Carl also have an interesting relationship in the movie as well that’s a little hard to figure out during the movie but in the end is a really great thing to see.
So in the end I would say that UP has it all: action, drama, romance, and comedy. It definitely just jumped into probably my top 10 all time favorite movies if not top 5. So if you were on the fence about seeing UP I would highly recommend it as it’s the first movie to receive a 5 star rating from me.