Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Up (2009)

!!! Seen in December 2009 !!!

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. [imdb]

Nominated for 5 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Score (WINNER)
Best Sound Editing
Best Animated Feature (WINNER)

Lately, it’s been all about Pixar. And Up had a lot of pressure on it: how can you top Wall E? Is it even worth trying?! Well no, because Wall E (which I loved) was an unmatched phenomenon and in case of 10 nominees for Best Picture, it would’ve definitely made it. But Up is not that far behind, quality speaking. However, the idea seemed less attractive.

Having an old man and an annoying kid as leading characters seems very out of nowhere. And they definitely don’t have the charisma of a sweet robot. So why does Up work? Well, it’s the screenplay: it combines funny (the talking dog, the bird) with a very touching story (the much talked about montage at the beginning is worth every praise). So the 2nd ever animated feature nominated for Best Picture is a success, but not an all-time favorite for me.

My rating for the film: 8/10. I hope it wins Original Screenplay.


  1. I'm so so on Up. It's fine, but...well you get the picture. Obviously I'm loving Coraline a whole lot.

  2. It was okay, but nowhere near Pixar's best. And haven't we seen this story before?