|Fig 1 - Up Poster|
The film was released to overwhelming critical acclaim, with Up being the first animated feature to open the Cannes Film Festival, in addition to being the first Pixar film nominated for Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards. If that wasn't enough, the film took home Best Animated Feature in 2009, winning a subsequent Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar for it's iconic musical score.
|Fig 2 - Up - Russell and Carl|
Additionally, the point at which Carl realises Ellie has filled her 'Adventure Book' with photographs of their life together literally brings a tear to my eye as I write this. Perhaps the most important moment in the film, this serves as the closure Carl needs in order to accept that he is allowed to embrace an adventurous life following the loss of his greatest love. Even the scene prior to this, in which Carl finally reaches the Falls with the house in tact, he realises that it is all for nothing without Ellie by his side. It's moments like these that make Up one of the most poignant animated films ever made, perhaps even more so than Toy Story 3 (2010).
For these reasons, despite where the story falls down in places, I am unable to give the film anything below four stars. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but what it does provide is a perfect blend of comical and sentimental thrills that will undoubtedly leave you an emotional wreck. The finalé may be a bit up in the air, but isn't everything in this movie?
Fig. 1 Up Poster (2009) From: Up - Directed by: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Fig. 2 Up Screenshot (2009) From: Up - Directed by: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson