Alright, Pixar, you win. From now on, I won't even ask the name of your next project. Seriously, I'm just going to hand over my money and enjoy every second of the show. The Toy Story
movies, The Incredibles
, Monsters Inc.
, Finding Nemo
, and Ratatouille
are perhaps at the top of my favorite family movies, I say family instead of children because these movies are made for everyone; there isn't a single person who couldn't derive some form of enjoyment from their films.
In the traditional Pixar manner, the short film "Partly Cloudy
" is a little film that portrays a cloud that screws up any of his creations for his stork friend to deliver to. Its short, sweet, and to the point which provides a little bit of an interesting slice of traditional film structure that is sadly forgotten these days. Now onto the real movie.
is the best movie of 2009 so far. Better than "Running around for two hours with lens flare in the background"
(A.K.A. Star Trek
) or Terminator Salvation
which felt more like a bad comic tie-in rather than its own fleshed out movie. The movie begins with Carl Fredericksen meeting his childhood friend Ellie who eventually becomes his wife. Unable to bear children, Carl and Ellie both plan to leave for South America in a search for adventure, yet at every opportunity, they're unable to go. Before Carl and Ellie can finally leave for the trip, Ellie is hospitalized and dies. "Pretty sad for a children's movie" you say. Well that's the thing, this is made by Pixar not Disney, so they don't pander to the children and leave the adults out of the equation. Carl then plans to land his house in South America in order to complete his dead wife's dreams. A chubby boyscout, Russell, manages to sneak aboard the now flying house and accompanies Carl on his adventure. On his way he encounters Dug, the talking dog, Kevin, a snipe, and Carl's childhood hero Charles Muntz, who feels that he must capture Kevin to reclaim his former glory.
Oh, where do I start on how I loved this movie?! The voice acting is phenominal on all parts; Carl being played by Sgt. Mike Cosgrove...whoops, I mean, Edward Asner was a perfect choice for the crotchety old Carl and the voice of Christopher Plummer is always welcomed in my mind (perhaps most famously remembered for his incredible acting in Star Trek: Klingon Academy
as General Chang, and yes that was a joke, a bad one, but still a joke). While the basic premise of the story is relatively simple, the execution is anything but. The desperation that Carl feels is perfectly portrayed as his emotional struggle to fulfill the dreams of his wife are touching and sympathetic. The movie deals with many heavy themes such as coming to terms with old age, friendship, and living your dreams. The master craftsmen at Pixar deserve every penny and award that they get. Every line of dialogue, every joke (physical or verbal), and every visual is beyond compare. I felt more of an emotional reaction when Carl told Dug in one scene that he was a "bad dog" than any "fuck you" that Pulp Fiction
The people at Pixar are doing more than just making great movies, they're creating newfound mythologies for a new generation, and I'm proud to be apart of the teeming masses getting to watch them. While I didn't think that Up
, make no mistake, Up
is definitely a movie that hits all of the right notes.
Hilarious, emotionally deep, and creative Up demonstrates that there is still magic left in an industry criticized for lacking new ideas and likable deep characters.
My review of Up: Better Than Sex!!!
I love this movie so much, I'm not even going to put a smartass comment here. Yeah, that much.