Up Review

Still from Pixar's Up

The last few decades have been hard on animation fans. We saw the demise of two-dimensional feature studios in exchange for mountains and mountains of ludicrously profitable, computer-animated crap only occasionally peppered with 90 minutes of brilliance. Those small but immeasurably impactful roadmarks of progression were, and continue to be, largely the work of Pixar. Up is no exception.

Poster featuring Doug from Pixar's UpIs the film entertaining? Absolutely. Funny? Certainly! But those qualities pale in comparison to Up‘s most prominent trait. It is moving. I cried. No joke!

The story is simultaneously small and massive in scope. Pixar accomplishes this by juxtaposing grand plotlines with small but  impactful character moments. As wonderful and dazzling as the story is, I walk away remembering the tenderness more than anything.

Up surpasses Wall-E in effectiveness and is the best animated film I’ve seen since Coraline. It has very few explosions. There is no obvious merchandisable character therein. And it is absolutely, without question, worth your time and the price of admission. Go see it!

Short Aside

I saw Up in 3-D last weekend at Cinetopia in one of their Living Room theaters. If you have a chance to see the film in 3-D, better yet in such a premium viewing experience, my advice is to do so.


Matt says

WALL-E is still clearly a better film than Up and just as if not more “effective” whatever that means. Don’t expect the same phenomenal end-of-the-year Best Picture awards for Up that WALL-E garnered, else you’ll be disappointed.


Tyler Sticka says

I loved Wall-E, too! In the theater I was in, Up produced more laughs and less dry eyes than Wall-E had last year. One could certainly make a compelling argument that Wall-E is a more entertaining film, but Up‘s emotional impact (as I witnessed it) trumped its predecessor.

I don’t really keep track of the awards these features garner. My favorite is still The Incredibles.


matt lohkamp says

I keep hearing that UP is supposed to be really good – there’s a kids’ book or animated short or something that I sort of remember having a similar story, although I haven’t seen it cited anywhere and I can’t recall the name or anything. Anyway, I’m planning on seeing it sometime soon.


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