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UP – Movie Review

31 mai, 2009

J’ai passé la nuit là-dessus. J’espère que ça valait le coup.

UP - Movie Review

It’s pretty safe to say that last year’s Pixar film, Wall-E, was one of the best movies of 2008. I mean, a little robot that cleans up the planet and brings back the joy of life to humans, and he does that without much dialogue. It was a great film; simple, yet incredibly deep. So really, I must ask the question: How can Pixar follow up on a film like this? How can it top expectations? You’re about to find out.

Because to be fair, Up is a magnificent film. It deals with numerous themes that are not always heart-warming, while still being a great adventure with humour. It can be enjoyed by both young and old people, because the message is important and touches everyone. But hey, don’t just take this paragraph for it. Let’s take a look.

The film starts off with Carl Fredrickson as a little boy. He’s a fan of Charles Muntz, an explorer who discovered a beautiful plateau in South America. While walking around the block with his little balloon, he meets Ellie, a girl’s who’s also a fan of Charles. Her dream is to build a house on that plateau and live here. Carl and Ellie become friends, they get married, they live their life with both good and bad news. Sadly, Carl will eventually have to deal with the death of his wife. And don’t tell me that is spoilers because it happens in the first 10 minutes of the film. Now, Carl is an old man. His house is assaulted by a construction site and he doesn’t know what to do of his life. He then decides, one night, to realize Ellie’s dream. He attaches a whole bunch of balloons to his house and the next morning, his trip to South America begins. But he didn’t expect the little Boy Scout Russell to assist him on his expedition.

Up is talking about life, death, but most of all, dreams. The creators really did a good job to handle all those themes and making them work in the story. Now, I’m sorry to be really emotional, but honestly at some point, you’re gonna cry. The little summary of the first minutes is a good example, but that’s not all. I even f**kin’ cried while writing this review, thinking about a certain scene in the film. It really is a deep storyline. Still, they do make you laugh when it’s time. There are a lot of great funny scenes in this entire movie. Especially when Doug comes out… you know, the dog that talks and make this gimmick actually really funny. So Pixar made a perfect balance between those two components, and Up works because of it.

Evaluate the voice actors for this films wouldn’t be a good thing because, sadly, I had to watch it in French (Damn you Cineplex). But I’m sure it would be much, much better to talk about the characters, and believe me, I have a lot to say since they are all based on one of the themes. First off, Carl Fredrickson is the one that finds out he hasn’t done much of his life recently and finally decides to realize his wife’s dream. By the way, did I mention that they did an amazing job when it comes to Ellie. She might not be here in the whole film, but when we first meet her, we automatically love her. We get attached to her and when she dies, we really feel the sadness. And she wasn’t even here for 10 minutes. Russell, on the other hand, is the little Boy Scout that thinks he knows a lot about the world around him, but when he arrives in South America, he learns something even more important. The antagonist (I won’t tell you his name, because that would be a really bad idea) represents obsession and how while you must pursue your dreams, you must never leave friends or fun behind. All of these characters contribute to the overall story and themes. I know I’m leaving other characters out of this, but I think that’s enough here.

You might say I talked a little bit too much about how Up is brilliant, but for me that’s well worth it. Pete Doctor made a superb film that deal with more mature subjects than all of the other Pixar movies. It knows how to make you cry and how to make you laugh and for a 93 minutes film, you are never bored. It’s a fast paced intelligent ride. And while I know most of the public of these movies are kids and those kids’ parents, you need to go see Up whoever you are. Everyone can enjoy stories about dreams.

VincentVendetta

(Vincent Émond)

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