I entered the theater with somewhat low expectations, because honestly, there didn’t seem to be a way to make a movie focused around a grumpy senior exciting- sorry, Grandpa. But I left with a grin on my face and even a few dried tears.
Carl, the film’s star, is an old man grieving over the recent death of his wife. His beloved house is right in the middle of a building zone, and he’s about to get carted off to a senior home. The couple always dreamed of finding Paradise Island in South America, so what does he do? Carl ties his house to thousands of balloons and sets off for the unexplored world! Of course, things don’t go exactly as planned, and he reluctantly finds himself in the company of a chatty boy named Russell who accidentally hitched a ride on the flying house.
Marveling at the always amazing animation is expected, and the fact that the film makes old people into action stars is amazing! These days, with plot often coming second to special effects and massive explosions *cough* Transformers *cough*, Up is a refreshing, inventive, heart-warming story. I actually found myself laughing along with the children in the audience, and while kid characters in movies usually annoy me, Russell was sweet and amusing.
Without giving away too much, I’ll just say this: Pixar takes the tired concept of talking dogs and makes it uproariously hilarious again in a way you’d never imagine. That alone is worth the ticket price.