What film studio has a 100% track record? Seriously, Pixar does it again and again and again, and they find a new way to delight their audiences each and every time. With the exception of a few minor complaints, Up is easily another perfect movie.
Pixar are always expanding their storytelling horizons. As heartwarming as Wall•E and Nemo were, there’s something new about how the story of Up is told. The first – largely dialogueless – fifteen minutes of the film are among the most poignant I’ve ever seen in a film, let alone an animated one, and convey a sort of humanity and depth that is an incredible achievement. That segment could easily have been a short film on its own merits.
And yet, somehow the movie manages to go from heart-achingly beautiful and emotional to one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long time without so much as a blink. It feels perfectly natural, when by all means it shouldn’t. Enough can’t be said about the humor and comedic timing, so I won’t try.
The movie stumbles a bit. I don’t want to give anything away, but while part of its charm is how unafraid it is to go over the top, sometimes it does go a bit far. And I thought that the climactic part of the film fell apart somewhat halfway through.
This is a pretty short review, because I don’t want to overanalyze a movie that’s simply pure fun. One final thing I will note that whereas from a technical perspective Wall•E explored and mastered cinematography, Up explores new horizons in lighting, to fantastic results.
Go see it. Go see it in 3D; they do it incredibly naturally and it’s a beautiful subtle enhancement to the film. Too bad it won’t be in 3D on Blu-Ray.