Up (2009)

From Disney•Pixar comes UP, a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. 

You know Pixar films are pretty much always good, sometimes even great but there’s has always been something missing. An intangible whispy thing, always just out of reach, flirting in the corner of your vision but never revealed. Now thanks to their latest blast it has suddenly hit home like being hit with a bus by Optimus Prime. Humanity. Oh and boy does this film slap you in the face with it. I had a lump the size of a football lodged in my throat and there was a blub poised just behind my lips ready to leap out within the first few minutes of the film starting. Fortunately for me a little girl in the row behind stated very bluntly and in a highly matter of fact voice to her father “This is very sad isn’t it Dad?” which pulled me back from the brink and brought out a grin… or was it a grimace of satisfaction that a blub had been avoided. Either way it was a shock to get so emotionally entangled in a Pixar film. That initial sharing of sorrow created a bond with a cartoon character that turned what would still have been an OK film into a good one. Well worth watching in 2 or 3D just make sure you take some tissues! Oh ooh and spiler alert, you will need the tissues at the end of the film as well. Double wammy woohoo! 

The emotional rollercoaster isn’t the only unique thing about this film, you see it covers so much emotional ground there’s no chance of getting bored, there’s; loneliness, love, romance, burden, responsibility, comedy, drama, adventure oh and just in case you are wondering, all the standard pieces are there as well, the car bird/dog chase, the evil villain well two of them and all the action and fun that make the film enjoyable for the kids and adults but this time with a gorgeous great lump of feeling. I’m really glad I dragged the kids to see this film.

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