Today was quite a busy day, so I didn’t really have time to think carefully about what I wanted to watch. Therefore, I decided to just look through my DVD rack and pick whichever film caught my attention, which turned out to be Up.
Up is an Oscar-winning animated feature from the animation powerhouse studio Pixar, and it follows the story of an elderly man, Carl, who longs to fulfill his lifelong dream of going to Paradise Falls in South America. He decides to make the journey by tying thousands of balloons to his house and letting them fly him to his destination, but things get complicated when Carl realizes a young boy, Russell, has accidentally hopped aboard his flying house.
The first time I watched Up was when it hit DVD my sophomore year of high school. I still remember renting the movie from a local Redbox and watching it with both of my parents. I loved the movie so much that when I turned eighteen my senior year of high school, my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I told them I wanted the DVD for Up. My parents were very generous and felt that giving me just one DVD was not enough of a birthday present, so they gave me not only Up, but also two other movies I love (Ratatouille and Toy Story 3).
Even though I’ve watched Up many, many times since my eighteenth birthday, this is a film that never gets old for me. The funny parts still make me laugh, and the touching moments still make me tear up. I’ve also realized how I view the film changes with time. When I watched Up for the first time as a fifteen-year-old, I was mainly drawn to the creative storyline and gorgeous animation. But today, as I watched the film from the eyes of a 22 year old who is a recent college graduate ready to embark on a new adventure, I started to appreciate the deeper messages the film was conveying about dreams and new beginnings. I suppose the evolution of the viewing experience is what makes Up a classic for me – I always walk away with something new whenever I watch the film, so I’m never tired of seeing it over and over again.
Watching the film multiple times also makes me notice and appreciate the details I had overlooked before. What I love about Up and Pixar films in general is how much effort is put into the details within the film. Whether it is transitions between scenes or using certain shots that enhance the humor of a situation, Up has a lot of moments where the beauty and entertainment is in the details. You can tell a lot of heart and effort was put into making the film, and what results is an incredibly intricate and well-made film.
I could go on and on about all the other reasons why I love Up, which also includes its amazing musical score from Michael Giacchino, but it’s probably best for me to just end it here and allow you to watch the film, for the movie itself is the best testament to its greatness. No further explanations are needed.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
Cast: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Run time: 1 hr 36 min