Pixar’s UP & PARTLY CLOUDY Review
Over the weekend I went to see Pixar’s new movie UP. And I have to agree with the consensus about the movie, it was quite an amazing ride. I will go as far as saying that Up is the best movie Pixar has ever made.
I was originally excited to see Up, but I didn’t expect it to blow me away the way it did. I don’t think the trailer does it justice.
I’m sure you’ve been hearing lots of praise for Up, but what makes the movie so special?
I repeat it over and over again, if there isn’t a good story, you might as well forget it. No amount of visual effects or crazy action sequences will make up for the fact that there isn’t a well-developed story and characters worth caring about.
Up had it all, a good story and fully-fleshed out characters. The movie spends just the right amount of time telling us about the main character Mr. Fredricksen, and why we should care about him. We see his life up to the point the movie takes place through a beautiful editing sequence of him and his wife growing old together. This sequence has been mentioned by many people because I think it is one of the most beautiful and touching sequences of the movie, and it provided such a great set up for Up. Through the use of music alone, we feel what the characters are feeling and as a result end up loving the character of Carl Fredricksen.
But of course, that’s only the beginning. We are then introduced to the character of Russell, a young Wilderness scout trying to get his last merit badge for assisting the elderly. Through some funny circumstances, Russell ends up going on a trip with Carl to Paradise Falls during which a really wonderful friendship begins between the two and grows throughout the movie.
When the pair of them gets to Paradise Fall, we also meet Dug, a talking dog, who is one of the sweetest, most loyal and loving dog. But the genius behind Dug is that he has a very monotone voice, but the dialogue being so effective, you can’t help but adore him. He is definitely one of the reasons the movie is so funny.
But it doesn’t stop there of course, the movie is full of more characters we meet during Carl and Russell’s adventure, but I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll let you discover who they are once you see the movie.
And finally, the house itself is a character and symbol representing Carl’s longing for his departed wife. Which is why the audience is rooting for him to achieve his dream. Plus how great is it for them to have come up with a house that is pulled up by hundreds of helium balloons. It’s such a beautiful image.
The ending definitely brings a sense of closure to the movie, which is not an easy thing to do. I was very happy that they were able to wrap things up in a way that felt right and true, and not rushed.
As you can tell, I loved Up. In fact, it blew me away so much, that I ended up taking one of my friends, who had sort of sworn off animated films, to see it with me for a second time. And he really loved it. He told me that it was his favorite animated film along with The Incredibles, which is a huge compliment coming from him.
So I urge you to go and see Up if you haven’t yet. I promise you a really great adventure if you do.
I can’t end this review without mentioning the short wonderful Pixar movie that was shown right before Up, PARTLY CLOUDY.
Pixar never ceases to amaze me. In just a few minutes they make you fall in love with characters, who don’t even say a word throughout the whole short.
Partly Cloudy tells the story of a cloud who creates babies for stork to deliver. Now unlike other clouds, the specific cloud we are introduced to creates “dangerous” babies, like crocodiles, porcupines, rams, and more, which his poor stork partner has to deliver.
That poor stork is such a trooper that you cannot help but adore him. As for the story itself, I think you’ll find the premise quite funny and inspiring, as well as beautiful.
You can catch Partly Cloudy at the same time you go and see Up since they are paired together. Another great reason to go.