Tell us what you thought of ‘Up’

Posted by · 5:26 pm · May 29th, 2009


It’s all Pixar all the time this week.  In addition to my “Up” review from a few days ago, there was a Pixar retrospective Tuesday and, just this morning, an interview with director Pete Docter.  So enough out of us.  You tell us what you thought of Pixar’s latest once you get around to it.  We’ll dedicate a poll to the studio’s output in a few weeks, when the film has a chance to open in other territories as well as reach the procrastinators.

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  • 1 5-29-2009 at 7:31 pm

    N8 said...

    Superb! Definitely Pixar’s funniest movie.

    Like you said in your review, I too wish a little more time had been given to evoking the themes, but at least it didn’t become too heavy-handed. Pixar may believe that “for every laugh there should be a tear”, but I had at least 20 laughs for every tear, and I don’t mind that one bit!

    Terrific story and beautifully told.

  • 2 5-29-2009 at 7:56 pm

    Marshall said...

    I bawled…so hard to watch a 3-D movie with tears in your eyes though.

  • 3 5-29-2009 at 8:38 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    First animated movie I actually got teary, and first time Ive actually seen Best Picture possibility. I saw echoes of Gran Torino and The Visitor in it as well as old classics like the wizard of Oz and Indiana Jones. It tells a human story that we can all relate to whether it be russel or carl. Also I loved how dogs were depicted, its how Id see a dog talking. Great Movie, best of the year so far, but Im hoping not the best, a nod would be as great salute the the past 10 films as well.

  • 4 5-29-2009 at 9:49 pm

    JAB said...

    absolutely loved it, from beginning to end.

  • 5 5-30-2009 at 2:19 am

    Matt said...

    Might not see a better film this year, right behind Ratatouille as the best Pixar release.

  • 6 5-30-2009 at 11:09 am

    Diego said...

    Excellent!!! Fantastic! Awesome! Emotional! Wall-E is still their best movie, but Up is close…Best picture possibility? Yes…

  • 7 5-30-2009 at 12:43 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    Just brilliant — the montage of Carl as a child through his life with Ellie is a movie miracle — one of the screen’s great love stories!!!! — how perfect that this man who lived a life without a child becomes more or less a father in his elderly years, finally finding the adventure he sought for so long — it was as though Ellie was quietly guiding him — loved the animation, loved Doug, and everything about the film — shoo-in for animated feature Oscar and among the very best from Pixar ever — a wonder of a film.

  • 8 5-30-2009 at 8:24 pm

    Mr. F said...

    What Mr. Foote said. I also loved the “Partly Cloudy” short. The best thing though was when everyone clapped at the end of the Toy Story 3 teaser.

  • 9 5-30-2009 at 9:44 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “Partly Cloudy” was very cute, although far from their best short.

    “Up” was marvelous. There’s a certain understated beauty to it, a fresh and ingenuous simplicity that gives it this totally melancholic vibe. I don’t think PIXAR’s ever told a story this simple and stripped down, certainly never in such an uncluttered and disarmingly human way. It may sound kind of strange, but in that sense it sort of reminded me of some of the great Italian neo-realist films; poignant, straight-forward, and astute.

  • 10 5-31-2009 at 5:31 am

    James said...

    Up was moving, if a little predictable in the second half. However, Dug is adorable and Kevin was goofy fun and I’m glad I saw this good film in theaters to enjoy it.

    I quite liked Partly Cloudy too. It wasn’t as manic/hilarious as last year’s Presto but thankfully not as preachy and boring as Boundin’.

  • 11 5-31-2009 at 8:33 am

    Christian said...

    A terrific film. One of the funniest films I’ve seen in a while, but also one of the more emotional. I loved it.

  • 12 5-31-2009 at 9:03 am

    Silencio said...

    I first have to say that the action was a bit long (I briefly nodded off just before the Munst finds them) and I really had to suspend my disbelief that Munst was so active though he had to be nearly 100 years old. And Carl mentioned Ellie by name and crossed his heart a couple more times than I wanted, but I accept that it was probably to guide the kids in the audience.

    That said, this was VERY funny, and the boy scout scene (when he pinned the “badge”) broke me into pieces. And the final image of their house….I’m getting a little teary again. God, they broke me. Damn them. Bless them.

  • 13 5-31-2009 at 9:13 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Anything with just Carl or regarding his relationship with his wife was brilliant. The stuff with Carl and Russell was good. Anything with the villain and the dogs was terrible.

  • 14 5-31-2009 at 1:51 pm

    John said...

    Yeah, I thought this was solid. Very good. Nice animation, beautiful colors/textures, strong themes, good characters, nice sound work, very nice music, decent plot, a too hectic climax, & a predictable ending.

    I wasn’t moved to tears. But I did laugh, a lot. Overall, it just didn’t resonate with me as much as ‘Wall-E’ or some of Pixar’s other ‘greats’.

  • 15 5-31-2009 at 2:22 pm

    Jeff said...

    I’m in the minority and thought that once the house landed in the jungle, the film fell flat.

    The opening 30 minutes is excellent. The Ellie/Carl montage is the best work Pixar has done…truly touching, beautiful stuff. Unfortunately, the last two-thirds of the film couldn’t sustain the emotional gravitas that the first third brought. (I realize the goal was to create a humorous tale, but it just didn’t register with me in the same way the first act did.)

    Still, didn’t dislike the film, but it’s absolutely lesser Pixar (in the Cars realm of “not bad, but simply average”).

  • 16 5-31-2009 at 8:38 pm

    Leighton said...

    They just get better and better don’t they. What a humorous, touching, sad, adventurous film. Maybe, just maybe they can get a best pic nod this year…!

  • 17 6-01-2009 at 7:23 am

    actionman said...

    Up is a masterpiece. I was an emotional mess while watching it. It’s also a brilliantly funny movie and extremely moving. I can’t wait to see it again. The 3-D was stunning.

  • 18 6-01-2009 at 7:38 am

    RichardA said...

    Did anyone notice the musical score? There were hints of Carmen and some other classical music–which I don’t think were credited.


  • 19 6-01-2009 at 9:33 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I gotta say, it didn’t hold up for me on second look. I like it much more in 2D, because the colors and texture is much richer, but the absurdity of the narrative really stuck out. Obviously I wrote certain caveats into my review, and it’s still very much a three-and-a-half star thing for the sheer fun of it all, but it’s frustrating sitting there watching all of this potential be squashed by a necessity to get from point A to point B. The opening moments remain magical. But I suspect, as is generally the case, people are responding to how those moments, and the final touching moments, make them feel and are disavowing the fact that everything in the middle is, to an extent, quite second rate.

    All of this “perfect movie” and “masterpiece” talk has me on guard to say the least, though. Hyperbole rears its ugly head on Pixar yet again.

  • 20 6-01-2009 at 9:34 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Reading back through the comments, I’m happy to see I’m not totally alone here.

  • 21 6-01-2009 at 10:52 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Disregard my question on another post that you answered here. 2D 4 Eva!

  • 22 6-01-2009 at 1:34 pm

    Daniel said...

    No hyperbole here; Up is a masterpiece and among the best animated films I’ve seen. In the same vein as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, Up transcends the simple conventions and expectations of animated films, and produces an experience worthy of its acclaim. While I can see why someone would think that the opening montage and closing act are its strong points, the middle portion is also equally as strong. Seeing Carl live out his adventure made me think of Ellie, how her character, with very little dialogue, can remain such a pivotal and important aspect of the film. Best film of the year so far, and better than any film of 08.

  • 23 6-17-2009 at 8:51 am

    McGuff said...

    I saw Up in 3-D yesterday, and it was for me the most visually stunning Pixar movie yet. There was something amazing about the beauty of “Finding Nemo,” but as Kris said in his review, making humans the star makes me appreciate the animation even more. However, with that said, I was extremely disappointed about the film. A year after the studio released my favorite movie of 2008, they badly confused sentiment and storytelling, and ended up with neither. (Quick point: I liked the movie enough to give it a B-, so I don’t hate it.)

    I also don’t want to take the movie to task for its humor, though I disagree with Tapley’s musing that it might be the studio’s funniest movie to date. I thought Dug — and really, all the dogs — were hilarious, and reminiscent of the sea turtles in “Nemo”. It was a positive moviegoing experience, on the whole.

    But, I have a real problem with the storytelling. The pathos that’s supposed to be built in the first 15 minutes didn’t really hit me — I’m hardly the cynical sort (seriously, I’m the person they’re aiming sentimentality toward), but it seemed too rushed and too haphazard for me. For example, we’re given two scenes before Carl and Ellie are married: in neither one, Carl speaks a word. We’re given the feeling that Ellie lets Carl into her adventure club out of loneliness — then, I wonder, what does she marry him for? Carl’s love for Ellie is clear and beautiful, but Ellie’s for Carl is one of my many questions.

    Also, while I initially really liked the idea of this journey in tribute to his wife, the film taints it with the unnecessary series of scenes: Carl hits man with walker, Carl goes to court, Carl sentenced to Shady Oaks. He then, in a single night, plans the adventure. Why have this? Wouldn’t a longer amount of planning be more romantic than what comes off as a senile getaway?

    I don’t want this to run too long, but I need to hit on Russell. Kris touched on this in his review, but the deserted daddy subplot was the most contrived I can remember in the studio’s history. They spring it on us to conveniently present Carl as this heroic father figure, and it really, REALLY doesn’t work. In the end, Ellie and Russell didn’t work for me at all, and I really never had investment in either. Disappointed, after WALL-E topped my 2008 list, to say that Up really didn’t work for me.