Three-word review of “Up”

Pixar’s perfect picture.

Captions don't count: Seriously staggering. The best movies, as always, are more than one kind. Action, comedy, drama, romance, tragedy, documentary, mockumentary, snuff — whatever genres you combine, the sum of their parts exceeds the whole shootin' match when artfully combined, and man ... MAN, does Pixar know how to do this in spades. This movie ranks up there with "Ratatouille" as a story so inventive and original and *true* that I can't believe Hollywood made it at all. Only if we see it by the millions will we ensure that more movies like this get made. (Plus, I submit that the early sequence showing the courtship of Carl and Ellie is the best romance Tinsel Town has *ever* conceived.) Up with "Up!"

Captions don't count: Seriously staggering. The best movies, as always, are more than one kind. Action, comedy, drama, romance, tragedy, documentary, mockumentary, snuff — whatever genres you combine, the sum of their parts can exceed the whole when artfully combined, and man ... MAN, does Pixar know how to do this in spades. This movie ranks up there with "Ratatouille" as a story so inventive and original and *true* that I can't believe Hollywood made it at all. Only if we see it by the millions will we ensure that more movies like this get made. (Plus, I submit that the early sequence showing the courtship of Carl and Ellie is the best romance Tinsel Town has *ever* conceived.) Up with "Up!"

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8 responses to “Three-word review of “Up”

  1. i agree! i thought it was great how in the beginning they were able to tell such a touching story without any words.

  2. Anneke

    Loved it also. The story of Ellie and Carl made me all sniffly and teary. It captivated the 2 year-old even with no trains involved, in other words, a movie miracle.

  3. Carol

    What did your kids think of “Up”?

    • jdrewscott

      Amazingly, my experience was like Anneke’s, above: They all loved it, the 9, the 6 AND the 4. They found plenty to laugh about, even during that mushy, weepy courtship sequence. There are certainly plenty of truly silly bits that are going for laughs more deliberately, and those hit the mark (talking dogs = comedy gold) but I found the kids laughed at more subtle stuff, too like facial expressions and charming character interactions.

      But a true sign of enjoyment is persistence: How long do they retain memory of the movie? We saw it on Saturday, and tonight at bedtime at least one of my little shavers was re-creating “Up” gags. That’s longer retention than 90% of the dreck we watch, and I take it as a good sign “Up” will stay popular with them.

      Did your mileage vary?

      • Carol

        My kids decided to hang out with grandma and grandpa, rather than go to the movies, so I can’t comment. Maybe next weekend.

  4. Brian

    One of the great artists at work at Pixar is Ronnie Del Carmen. He was largely responsible for story boarding the non-dialog sequence at the front, showing Carl & Ellie’s lifetime journey. I mention this because I’m a big fan and just noticed he has illustrated his first book for Disney/Pixar.

    Check it out here:

    http://www.ronniedelcarmen.com/blog1/2009/03/up-my-name-is-dug.html

    • jdrewscott

      Ooooh, that’s pretty! Funny, Pixar has always been really great at reinventing their slick animation look for the flat page. I seem to remember a “Finding Nemo” Golden Book that retold the story with angular, cartoony figures and splashy colors and patterns like a ’50s magazine ad.

      I need to go dig that up now… Thanks for sharing this, Brian!

  5. Brian

    Found these links today…. three of the original storyboards done for “Up”

    Enjoy!

    http://tinyurl.com/pc68gp

    http://tinyurl.com/pnq7ay

    http://tinyurl.com/pbbep6

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