Movie Review: "Up"

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 26, 2009

I actually saw Up a few months ago and was simply too lazy to post a review about it for quite a while (the next few days will show that I have been too lazy to post reviews about a number of things, but that I will be striving to make up for lost time). To put matters succinctly, I loved it.

Quite masterfully, Up discusses adult themes in a way that is totally appropriate for younger audiences, while at the same time treating the adults in the audience like . . . well . . . adults. Love, loss, heartbreak, delight, joy at the simple pleasures in life, grief, a fierce commitment to commemorate the memory of the lost, loneliness, coming of age, and loyalty–all of these themes were woven into the tapestry of the movie in a way that appealed to young and old alike.

I did not see the movie in 3D, so I would be interested in what viewers thought of the phenomenon, and whether there is something to be gained in watching the movie in 3D. I am somewhat doubtful that there is; sure, the effects will be interesting and fascinating, but what drew me to Up was the storyline and Ed Asner’s remarkable portrayal of the protagonist, Carl Fredricksen. Christopher Plummer, it shall surprise no one, does an excellent voiceover for a villainous character. The animation, of course, is excellent and winsome; it complements the story, rather than overwhelming the plot line.

Perhaps I could shorten my review by simply saying this: What made Colby Curtin happy in her final moments was no trivial movie. It was a work of art.

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