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Up Goes to Amazing Places

Published May 28, 2009 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Pixar
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Well, Up is preceded by the most adorable short ever. So there’s that. Then Up goes to amazing places.

Review: Up


The setup of the old man’s life and marriage is mature and poignant. Parents, get ready to explain reality to your kids. I think it’s awesome that they were able to go there and it makes the reasons for this crazy adventure more profound than just a balloon house.

Pixar are just the masters of film technique. They use editing to play with reality and imagination. They use sound tricks, just every trick at their disposal to create the greatest storytelling experience.

Up is a high stakes adventure like nothing else we’ve ever seen. What if they lose the house? That would be some sh*t. What if the floating house falls on them? There’s no other movie that could posit such intense suspense. This is Die Hard on a balloon house.



What did John McClane face, some terrorists? The terminator, some robots? And we’ve never seen a buddy movie with a duo lugging a floating house before.

I love hearing some of the characters speak literally. The awkwardness of their otherwise correct speech is amusing.

I also love the film’s ultimate message about littering nature. Yeah, that’s what I got from it.

However, please let me take a moment to be the A-hole pointing out the logical problems with this wonderful film. Okay, how did he keep all the full balloons inside the house, and why would they not cause liftoff from within? And how did he rig the whole steering device in one night. I mean, honestly.

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