“It’s about an old fart in a floating house, a boy scout and a bird called Kevin.”
Disney/Pixar’s “Up” film review.
While I’m not one to automatically think that anything Pixar produces has to be immediately fantastic – I do always look forward to the latest from this Disney hot-house of talent. Even their worst films tend to put everything all the other film manufacturers are doing to shame.
Enter this year’s instalment from the newly digital house of mouse. Up, is a film about… Well, I don’t really know? It’s about how time passes you by, and you don’t realise until it’s too late. It’s about loneliness. It’s about how we are all lost in our own worlds. It’s about the search for a deeper meaning. It’s about an old fart in a floating house, a boy scout and a bird called Kevin. Yes, it’s definitely about that – the show belongs to Kevin.
Beating “Finding Nemo” in terms of ‘saddest start to a film ever’, Up doesn’t exactly get off to a wonderful start. It’s very emotional, with some quite deep ideas held within. This is certainly emotional stuff on an adult level. Certainly top marks to the team for daring to handle such a bold story so early on. It’s so charming though, that it’s still entertaining to the young children.
The film then takes off, literally, when the house begins to rise. Karl (the old fart) goes off in search of what he believes will be peace and closure. He’s unaware of the troublesome stowaway and the adventures he’ll be led into.
The film ticks along at a superb pace, the writing and story is almost without fail perfect throughout. there’s excitement, comedy, action, adventure and talking dogs in spades – and who doesn’t love a talking dog? Try to leave without your kids yelling “SQUIRREL”. There’s a new cartoon hero born though in Kevin, the lanky bird with a food fixation. Some outstanding pieces of cartoon comedy are brought into the mix by this leggy comedian.
The 3D aspect of the show is nice. It’s not an over played gimmick, but genuinely adds “depth” to the film. I’m not convinced as of yet if it really adds much more to the experience or not – it’s certainly not as important a technological leap as say, surround sound. Still, it’s something exciting for the first ten minutes, before you stop noticing it any more.
Overall then, the film is superb. It’s certainly a “must see”. There’s enough fun and action in there to keep the younger kids glued to the screen, but the writing is adult enough to get the grown ups (and teens) hooked into the emotional well being of the characters. If you missed it on the first run, try and find a ten screen multiplex somewhere that is still showing it – otherwise, it’s a definite buy on DVD or Blu-Ray.