Even the title of Pixar’s Up is a risk. Just one, single syllable word and one predominantly used as an adverb at that? Preposterous! Like 2008’s Wall-e, which was dialogue free for a good 45 minutes into its runtime, Up dares to start its adventure story on a complete downer. The movie opens by introducing us to a boy and girl who could well be the plucky main characters of any generic coming of age saga in which animal friends are met, bad guys get their comeuppance and pirate gold is found. But none of that happens. Instead the boy and the girl, grow up, get married, and face difficulties that propel them farther and farther out of the orbit of their childhood dreams.
The trailers for UP did absolutely nothing for me. The visual look of the film was cartoonish and the characters were ugly and old and the ten year old in me was yawning. I went to see it anyway. In 3D no less.
The less said about 3D the better.
I was not blown away. Nor was I lifted away or any other weather/balooning metaphor you might think of. I did however really, really, REALLY like it. I went in expecting one kind of movie and got several different movies that were more or less nothing like what I was expecting. From the first 20 minutes, which is a brilliant betrayal of the audience by the way, the movie kept me guessing and then the second act happened and I wasn’t sure what the fuck the movie wanted to say anymore. That elderly people are just young people in old person skin? That we’re all susceptible to the poison of our passions? Or was it as Miley Cyrus said, “it ain’t about what’s waiting on the otherside. It’s the climb?”
UP was typically chamring and heart warming but the thing that really changes the Pixar playing field is… UP is FUNNY. Deliriously so.
I want a talking DOUG keychain right now! but I, I gotta be strong… just keep pushing on…