Thursday, May 28, 2009
Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson (Co- Director)
Written by Bob Peterson
Voice Talent by Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, and Jordan Nagai
Pixar again proves that they are the best at what they do, and no one else even comes close. Their latest release, Up, is a shining beacon of light in a dark world where throw away computer animated features come out left and right, that shows the true potential the genre has in the right creative hands.
I don't want to give too much for the story because it is something you should experience for yourself, but it tells the tale of Carl Fredricksen(voiced by Edward Asner) an old man who once had grand childhood dreams of going on adventures, but now whose life has moved on too quickly for him to ever fulfill his passion. Until now! Along the way he is grouped with Russell the boyscout (Jordan Nagai) and a talking golden retriever named Dug (a little absurd, I know, but he's hilarious).
What audiences will be surprised to see is that this is the most mature Pixar (and any family film for that mature) to date. If your eyes are not slightly moist by the first twenty minutes then chances are you cannot conceive human emotion, and are soulless. Pixar handles these mature themes with such a delicate, and sensible matter that parents shouldn't worry about what their kids are watching. Fear not though! Because it is still a ton of fun and there is plenty of hysterical laugh-out-loud humor to it. Pixar is able to blend moments of action, comedy, and touching moments perfectly together.
Up is also by far the best computer animated film to date. It looks absolutely gorgeous! You won't help but be stuck in awe, mouth agape looking at the fluid character animations that bring them to life, and the level of detail in every frame. It's truly breathtaking.
This is definitely a must see for everybody. Pixar goes above and beyond the rest of their competition. Dreamworks wishes they could pull something like this off, but one dimensional characters and pop culture references won't get them any where. Up is a completely original story with brilliant, clever humor, and amazing unforgettable characters. It's impossible to not feel "Up" afterwards (pun intended).
5 out of 5 stars