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Up: The little house that could

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I love blimps

I love blimps

I like movies, you know, and 2009 was one interesting year when it comes to movies. It had some great movies. Watchmen, Inglorious Basterds, AVATAR, Moon, Black Dynamite just to name a few of my favorites. I haven’t seen all of the great movies of 2009 and, to tell teh truth, they were all ”the greatest movie of the year” as i walked out of the cinema.  Still, i have to watch a few more. I didn’t see ”where the wild things are” and  the wolf man. Neither have i seen The duo of second comings that are New Moon and Transformers 2. I am however optimistic and so i hope never to see them unless i start killing children and eating their liver. In that case i expect to see them in hell. Anyway, let’s talk about my most recent ”Best Movie of the Year!!!”

Up is another one of those  generic heart warming Pixar movies that make you feel all warm and cuddly inside while making your eyes feel sweaty (probably because of all the warmth in your heart). It surprises me how they can keep these going so well, WALLEEEEE was much of the same pit of heart warming nonsence. It just didn’t reach me because it’s hard for me to relate to a monosilabic little dumpster and his upper-class MAC swwtie who has the same capability for speech (and therefore are macs any beyyer, i ask you?).

Anyway….

What a great story! The characters are excelent and, as far as i’m concerned, the writers deserve a pat on the back. and by pat on the back i mean a great big sack of money and a paid expedition to south america. They bloody well deserve it, let me tell you. The script was brilliant, the characters as well. The cinematography excelent and the soundtrack really enhanced the feel of the movie. I hope Pixar is pushing Up for the Oscars. it deserves a few at the very least. it’s incredible.

Not pictured in Up.

Not pictured in Up.

The background of it’s characters. Explained in the opening sequence gave me tears on more than one ocasion. It was heart touching and beautiful. No dialogue at all, mind you. Just great imagery taht utterly explains the story without needing text or a narator’s talkyness. (that’s the professional term, that) The rest of the movie follows that same lead. The dialogue is great and it really gives you a feel for the characters. The action follows and expands. Taking the characters: Karl Fredricksen (an old man who always planed for adventure but never got around to it)  and Russell (a young, over-eager scout) to strange and glorious places on a quest to fulfill dreams and witness the Spirit of Adventure!

PS: I’m surprised to finally see a generic yourn asian-american child for once. Instead of some sort of bland little twirp who speeks in a funni accenth as if we were taken straight out of some 40s cartoon.

UP had the same effect on me as a rather eager french prostitute named Butch would have It stabbed me right in the fucking heart (then proceded to take my wallet and leg it out of the cardboard box i was living in at the time). It was one of the most heart touching stories i’ve seen all year. The whole idea strikes a chord in me that few movies have matched. Thusly i seem to have been blubbing for a great part of the movie as if i was a french person who just found out he’s adopted and is, in fact, not french at all (it’s not as funny to witness though). All of the bits of the movie work great together, enhancing the feeling of it all. The movie did well in box offices and i hope it’ll be remembered in the colective consciousness of people who like good movies. May it age like fine cheese but with less mold.

I’m curious to know what you thing, so leave a message if you have an opinion you feel is worthy of sharing.

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Ianuarie 6, 2010 la 9:27 pm

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  1. you know why I liked Up? not just cuz of cute little Dug and the imaginary squirrel and the funny helium-inhaled voice of the doberman😛 ….but because i just didn’t expect all the adventure after the initial dissapointment of the old man’s wife dying…i said : oh, ok that’s it…depressing movie, don’t wanna watch…take it awway😛

    but it was funny, and sparkly and bubbly, and just the god-damn optimistic movie of the year🙂 I guess it’s all about not being afraid to start all over again, no matter at what age, and that’s reaaally hard🙂 it is a movie all grandparents should watch ;)with the annoying Russel-like nephews right next to them…

    Up was like a balloon indeed..it was cheerful and coloured and full of life and then it suddenly exploded…and by all laws of phisics it shouldn’t fly again, but it did .

    p.s. u were not definetly not the only „bubbling french adopted person”😉

    pinguinu' voios

    Ianuarie 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm


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