In the world of animated film, there is Disney-Pixar, and then there is everybody below them. Up is yet another fine example of how merging technology and storytelling can be done correctly.
Up is a sweet and charming story about taking the challenges and changes that life throws at us, and making the best of it. The story revolves around a recently turned grumpy old man Carl Fredreckson (voiced by Ed Asner.) Coping with the loss of the love of his life, he makes an attempt to fulfill an unfulfilled dream of seeing the wilds of South America.
He does this by attaching what seems to be a million balloons to his home and harnesses the wind to float there. What he doesn’t know is a boy scout-like stowaway is along for the ride with him.
Along the way, they encounter Dogs with the ability to talk, a squawking jungle big bird friend and have to make a choice to hold on to the past, or looks towards the future.
The list of things to love about this movie is long. The characters are rich and likeable. The dog personalities are perfectly captured (love it when that happens) and the story is interesting. The Pixar-created world even had me feeling real vertigo as the characters hang on to blimp that’s thousands of feet off the ground.
I only take offense with some use of guns in the film and how children and people are being fired upon. I thought it was a bit too violent for a movie aimed at kids. Still, this is in my top five for the year so far.
My friend Star Cinema Steve said it was his favorite movie of the year.
(Out of Four)
Adams Rating Guide:
Overall rating: No further explanation needed.
Date Freindly: Will the “dater? get a smooch from the “datee? for taking them to this one.
Good Laughs: A general rating for number of laughs.
Artistic Value: Includes scenery, camera work, presentation on film, ability to convey a message.
Drama: How much they poured it on and whether it was effective.