Saturday, September 5, 2009

Up [2009]

Director: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Rating: General
Comment: "Like chicken soup to the soul, warm and endearing..."

Very very rarely one can weep for a puppet. But that is exactly what Up is capable of, even though they are merely digital puppets, the feeling that they evoke is nothing short of authentic.

Up begins with a short animation which pretty much set the mood for the the entire movie. A sky full of clouds making all sorts of infants; ranging from humans to animals and even items at times. No dialogue takes place here between the clouds and the stork, but still the story is well-told.

Soon after, the feature presentation begins. Carl Fredricksen, a quiet but very imaginative boy befriends a tomboy, Ellie, whom would later become is life partner. Together, they share a dream of moving to Paradise Falls. However, they are not blessed with some of the best things in life , beginning with their inability to conceive a child and Carl eventually end up alone after Ellie dies. Soon after, Carl is reduced to be a disgruntled old man ignored by society. All that changes however, when he realises that he has nothing else to live for but a dream he once shared with Ellie. From there, he embarks on the biggest adventure of his life.

A strong appeal of the movie comes from the character Carl, despite the ill-tempered nature of the character, still he remains loveable. Combining that with the chemistry he has with a little boy he unintendedly befriends with, Russell makes for a memorable and no doubt one of the best animated features ever made.

All warmth and mushy-ness aside, the movie also deals with some of the most inspiring themes ever; it is never too late to pursue your dreams. Sometimes, it has nothing to do with bodily strength or even youth - all that you need is passion and the will to do it.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Good story
- Endearing
- Memorable

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 10 = 100 points


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MamuVies said...

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