I just saw Up. Like Wall-E, the first 20 minutes or so featured almost no dialogue and was the highlight of the movie. Beautiful, and it left me with a huge lump in my throat. The last hour was basically an extended chase sequence and was fine. I doubt I'd much want to see that portion again. The end of the movie left me with yet another huge lump in my throat. All in all, a solid movie. I'd rank it behind The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and probably both Toy Stories.
But. The movie also reminded me of Wall-E in that it featured a nerd's fantasy of love. The love story in Up is certainly not as creepy as the borderline date rape with a happy ending that was glorified in Wall-E, but it's still pathetic in it's own way. Ellie (pretty, thin, vivacious) falls hopelessly in love with Carl (nerdy, portly, clumsy) essentially at first sight and pursues him despite his hopeless dorkiness. At least Wall-E had to work his butt off to get the hot girl. I'm waiting for the Pixar movie where the stud falls for the homely girl.
Finally, if you're having trouble having kids, you probably do NOT want to see this movie.
*Previously: Up posters by Eric Tan.
*Buy Up toys at eBay.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009