Movie Review: Up
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 1 month ago
PL's Archive: May 30, 09
Pixar has been successful because they've taken everything good about animated features and taken it to levels studios, even Disney themselves, have yet to reach. Every story they've told, from Toy Story to Wall-E to Monsters Inc. etc. touches everyone in some way from child to adult. And it's not the nice looking computer animation that keeps people coming back; it's the characters and stories. Pixar's movies have all been hits and their latest film, Up, is a testament to the dedication and drive of each and every person at the studio. It's one of the best animated features I've ever seen and with great pleasure, I can say that it’s been the best film I’ve seen this month and for sure one of the best this year without a doubt.
Let's face it folks, Pixar simply has a knack for amazing us. I will never forget the look of wonder on my nephew's face when we saw the hairs on Sully move and flow during Monster's Inc, or my own shock at the look and feel of the water in Finding Nemo. Now, Pixar shows us what 3-D can really means. I don’t think the 3-D approach was necessary, but enhancing the experience is something I can totally understand.
This is not the cheap, cheesy parlor tricks of my youth. No random scenery shooting out at us or simulated water splashing into the audience. Instead, the wizards of Emeryville create a totally immersive experience. More than once, a hushed "wow" escaped my lips watching Carl's house soar into the clouds or staring down some exotic South American chasm. It felt as though we could simply leap into the screen at any moment and smell the flora of ParadiseFalls. Its one thing me writing it down and through my vanishing vision have been able to have seen it, but it’s another thing if YOU’RE the one on the driver’s seat going along on the journey.
Fortunately, this is not all that Pixar gave us. In typical fashion, they also delivered a heartwarming tale full of laughs, as well as some gentle tears. Always sweet and never schmaltzy, the emotion of the main characters never feels forced, but simply a part of the grand vision of the writers.
I also think that for those of us who have seen several Pixar films, we should never forget that the short films presented before the main one always carry amazing display. I always felt it was a preview of their genius and art of which preps us on what we’re about to enroll with. As you can imagine UP had it’s intro film as well and man… these guys are ‘Da bomb’!!
All I can say is thank you to the wonderful people at Pixar for allowing us to travel along with Carl on this magnificent and all too rare adventure at the theater. To all of you who have not seen it yet, do so immediately. You will be glad you did!