Starring: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Written By: Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 29 min
Up, is Pixar on top form. A touching story that should appeal to movie fans of all ages because while it entertains, it also has a meaningful story to tell. The central drama follows Carl (Edward Asner), a retired man living alone who is being forced out of his beloved home. Carl has other plans however, and on the day he’s supposed to move into the retirement home, he makes his escape by attaching several thousand balloons to his house and floats away. His plan, to reach Paradise Falls in South America. A place he and his late wife Ellie often talked about visiting, but never managed to go. Along to way he’s joined by Russel (Jordan Nagai), an overly eager scout determined on getting his ‘help the elderly’ badge. Dug, a super friendly dog complete with collar that translates his thoughts into speech, and a rare bird who they name Kevin.
Up is about looking forward and not being afraid of adventure. But also about appreciating the adventures you’ve already taken with past companions. About respecting the past, but learning not to tethering yourself to it. Up is a truly amazing film, and I defy anyone not to shed at least one tear during the opening ten minute sequence.
There’s plenty for everyone here, though the opening ten to fifteen minutes will probably be a little slow for younger audience members. If you’ve enjoyed other Pixar movies you’ll certainly be happy with Up.
Best viewing format:
Some of the visuals are stunning so a digital matinee showing if you can. 3D is fine, but honestly you’ll enjoy the film just as much in the regular format. At home, a HD viewing is a must to get the most out of this film.
Best moment for me:
When the balloons are revealed for the first time. They fill the screen with color, and it’s such an classic movie moment. I especially love the shot from a childs bedroom as the house passes through town. The light is shining through the window behind her. As the balloons block of the light, the room is filled with bright moving color.