It’s official for me, as least I’m almost 100% sure it’s official. UP is my favorite Pixar film. It really is. I got to see it last night at the 9:30 PM showing (which had almost no kids), but a big handful of adults. I saw it with my friend, Ms. SWW herself, because the Jim is on a camping trip (which I will join tonight). I saw it in 2D, which (according to Roger Ebert is the much better deal), and went in with hopeful anticipation.
I’m a big fan of Pixar films. My favorites include Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Monsters Inc., and like all the other ones. In fact, there hasn’t been a Pixar film I didn’t like. So, I thought it had to be good. I was amazed at HOW GOOD.
First, we get the traditional intro short called “Partly Cloudy” which was so sweet, I just wanted to get some cotton candy. Then, the main attraction…UP. First of all, there were a lot of adults as I mentioned – and I think this movie really got right to there hearts and their funny bones. Lots of laughter, and a lot of surprised tears.
I’m not going to talk too much about the plot because I think you really need to see it. I will say, the main character is a senior citizen which is awesome since I work mostly with seniors. You get to see his life progression and meet the love of his life, Ellie. The life-cycle montage is one of the sweetest and purely honest adult-life progressions that it will touch any adult who’s been in love and who’s lived the honest and simple life. In fact, I think this movie is Pixar’s adult film. I think that Ratatouille was the “adolescent” film because it dealt with finding your place and starting your career (with Finding Nemo being the young child and parent film). Now this doesn’t mean that kids won’t like it. There’s adventure, a sweetly-annoying kid and the best moments for any dog lover or dog-parent.
The most amazing item you’ll leave with when you leave the theatre is the realization that life is an adventure, and it’s one that you should be a part of…fully….and with that, I’m going out today to live my next day of adventure.
**** out of 4 Stars.