My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Short Review: Up (Pete Docter, 2009)
Following 2008's outstanding animation, Wall E, Pixar have once again outdone themselves. Up, rightly receiving a Best Picture nomination, is one of the years best films. Transforming a grumpy 78 year-old pensioner into the films' central hero is a feat in itself, but to surround him with a young explorer-wannabe, a gigantic bird and a talking dog and still keep audiences of all ages interested and absorbed is incredible. The array of mannerisms assigned by the animators to Mr Fredericksen is very impressive, while Russell, irritating to begin with, becomes more likable for the audience as Fredricksen also warms to him. Christopher Plummer provides excellent voice support as an aged adventurer who devotes his life to capturing a rare bird that warms to Russell. I found myself laughing out loud at several scenes, while feeling overcome with sadness in others. The script is so original and witty, and the last half of the film is genuinely exciting. A most heartwarming experience that shows that you aren't too old for anything. Pixar have released another flawless film that has once again broken the boundaries of what is capable with animation and successfully utilized 3D technology.