Posted by: reformedmusings | June 6, 2009

UP from Pixar Pictures – Big thumbs up!

I just returned from seeing UP (in 3D) by Disney Pixar. One word – Wow! What a great movie. It is a story of deep, life-long love, of friendship, of shared dreams, of promises, of duty, of finding new purpose in life. You’ll find tears running down your face at some points, and will be rolling with laughter at others. The compelling story and characters draw you in very quickly in the beginning and hold you tight throughout. The audience applauded at the end, something I rarely see.


The official story summary:

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Junior Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

UP’s story has more depth than that description, but I don’t want to include any spoilers. Carl’s motivation, which isn’t related above, provides the heart of the story.

UP will entertain the whole family – with no caveats. There’s no language, sex, gore, or what are now known as “adult themes.” It’s a movie equally entertaining for adults and children, though kids will not fully comprehend some of the emotional depths. But the kids in the theater thoroughly enjoyed the movie. As testimony to its popularity, UP was released on May 29 but the theater was literally packed today on June 6th.

I saw UP in 3D, which was excellent. I’m sure the 2D version is good as well, but the 3D really fit well with the plot and action. I thought that the 3D version was worth the slightly higher price.

UP is definitely one of the must-see movies of 2009. It provides the kind of excellent, family entertainment of the type that I thought Hollywood forgot how to make. No politics or agendas here, just a great story well told.



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