Friday, May 18, 2018


I said I wasn't going to cry. I lied.

Up is not only the best Pixar movie ever made, it is one of the greatest films ever made. It's almost perfect. When a movie is so good that people say that it could have ended almost 12 minutes in and they would still pay full price for a ticket and give endless praise towards it, something is obviously special. And I 150,000% agree with them. Up could have been a 12 minute short, and no one would have complained. The sequence is told almost entirely through visual storytelling, and brings even a bitter old man like me to absolute tears and heartbreak. Everybody loves Up. I challenge you to find one person on this good earth to state, "I did not like the movie Up.", it is impossible to hate. But why? What caused this film to win not Best Animated Feature but Best Picture, to be loved and cherished throughout the world, and to be one of the greatest movies ever made in this critic's eyes? Well the story is inspired and original, with the story of a boy who meets a girl and live their life together until his wife passes away leaving him a grumpy old man who is driven to make it to South America and live at Paradise Falls where his wife always wanted to go. He attaches thousands of balloons to his house and starts a grand adventure, while sweeping away a young boy who helps him along the way as they meet strange creatures and other things trying to reach Paradise Falls. That is a great story. But the acting is great with Ed Asner in easily his best performance, comedy that is genuinely hilarious, emotions that can send anyone into tears or big smiles on their face, excellent animation, heartfelt and wonderful music, memorable and great characters, and an important message to follow your dreams but to not let the past control your life. This review can never do justice for this movie. It simply has to be experienced. And any film that references not only Star Wars but also Steve from Blues Clues is clearly a masterpiece of cinema (I'm not lying about Steve, watch it again). But all jokes aside, if you said to me "Dude you can only watch one Pixar movie for the rest of your life, what is it?" my answer is going to be Up until the day I die. That should clue you in on how much I love this movie.

Another week done, and a pretty amazing one at that. Well you all know what comes out one week from now. So the choice of movies for next week is obvious. See you guys in space.

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