Up, Up, & Oscar Bound
Yet again Pixar has another red hot hit on its hands! One that at the end of its box office run might very well eclipse Finding Nemo in total gross! Now, that is saying a lot because Finding Nemo had a total gross of around $340 million, and Up now has around $275 million. Up hasnít even reached its two month mark yet either. Seriously people if you like to gamble you can never go wrong betting on Pixar to come out with hit films year after year. Itís like clockwork!
A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to Paradise Falls in South America, which has been coined ďA Land Lost in Time.Ē 70 years later, Ellie has passed away, and Carl remembers the promise he made to her many years ago. Carl promised they would reach Paradise Falls together and settle down there. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. His last night in the house him and Ellie called home Carl gets the genius idea to tie tons of balloons to his house and fly away in search of Paradise Falls. Suddenly there comes a knock on his front door! He finds an 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark on an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain, and a rare bird that Russell has named Kevin.
Up is the reason why I go to the movies! This was one of the funniest and most inspiration films I have seen in years. This is a film for the young and the young at heart. Never have I seen a film that packs so much laughter, adventure, love, and fun into a short 96 minutes. When I first saw the trailer for Up I will admit I was a little skeptical. They didnít really advertise excitement with it, and I didnít know anything of the plot walking into the theater. I quickly came to realize that Up wasnít about plot twists or a surprising finale, but instead about the journey of the characters. Up has more character development than most major Hollywood blockbuster trilogies. Pixar never fails to have you caring about a cast of animated characters.
I highly recommend Up! Not only is it an amazing family film full of adventure, but it is packed with full of meaning. Take your kids to see this one, and if you donít have kids well go see it anyway. Itís some of the most entertaining 96 minutes youíll ever have in your life. I can honestly say with a heart full of pride it rekindled my ďspirit of adventure.Ē I cross my heart on that one! J I would not be surprised one bit if Up gets a best picture nomination from the Academy. It deserves at least that. I give Up four out of four stars.