Yesterday I was watching Freeform’s Fun Day which features a marathon of different family movies over the weekend and one of the movies that came on was Up. I remember watching the movie back in 2009 but for some reason I had forgotten nearly everything about the film. I forgot the film’s premise, the film’s beginning and end, I had forgotten it all, so it was like watching a brand new Pixar movie and oh my goodness was I taken on a ride I wasn’t expecting.
Up is about an elderly man named Carl who after the loss of his beloved wife loses his sense of adventure and becomes a classic old grump…until he meets a young boy scout named Russel who needs one last badge (the Assisting an Elder Badge) to become senior wilderness explorer. It’s a huge honor to Russel.
Long story short, Carl shoos the kid away by telling him to find a Snipe, an imaginary creature that’s been bugging his house, but when a construction company ends up having to take Carl’s house after an incident he decides to start living life again. He decides to find the Paradise Falls that he and his wife had always aspired to live by but he doesn’t realize that he has another passenger aboard his flying house; the clingy Russel. Together they go an adventure that is so wildly entertaining that I had a smile on my face the entire time I watched the movie.
Unlike most animated films Up is not a predictable story. And believe me, I was trying to predict what was going to happen and the movie kept surprising me at every turn. This movie will make you smile, it’ll make you laugh plenty of times with its smart humor, and it will make you cry as well. Oh my goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever cried that hard and that much at a children’s movie. And it wasn’t exactly sadness that left me crying but simple emotional moments that become the heartbeat of the film.
Michael Giacchino’s score for Up is vibrant, adventurous, and perfectly fits the movie. The animation is brilliant and never wavers. And the story is just simply superb. Rarely do I say a movie is perfect but Up is, to me, a perfect movie and I’m glad to see that is was recognized for its extraordinary achievements, for it is the first ever animated film to get nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Picture. Yeah, it was that good.
If you’re like me and have never seen this movie I highly advise you to. It’s 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars for its simple but impeccable storytelling that never let up. I clapped when the movie was over because it was that enjoyable and it has honestly become one of my favorite animated films of all time.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.