Review: Up (3/5)

DIRECTOR: Pete Docter (Monsters Inc.)

THE GIST: An old man fulfills his promise to his deceased wife to go on an adventure to the proverbial Paradise Falls in South America. So he ties gazillions of balloons to his old house. What he doesn’t know is that a young Wilderness Explorer tags along for the ride of their lives.

VARIETY SAYS: [Up] could easily have been cloying, but instead proves disarming in its deep reserves of narrative imagination and surprise, as well as its poignant thematic balance of dreams deferred and dreams fulfilled.

I SAY: Last year’s “Wall-E” is a tough act to follow. In 2008, Pixar showed us that animated features are not only cute. They can also impart lessons that have societal and ecological resonance. “Up”, on the other hand, is purely heart and adventure. It’s also cute, comedic, and exciting. But it’s miles away from the complexity and social relevance of “Wall-E”. “Up” is just ok, not brilliant.


ADRIAN said...

i find your reviews really interesting. Your average score, i think, for all the movies you have watched is 2.5 to 3 out of five. I can't wait for your 5/5 movie. It must be really, really good!

Fidel Antonio Medel said...

Thanks Adrian.

If I give a film a rating of 5/5, then it is automatically an all-time favorite. Examples are "Slumdog Millionaire", "Requiem for a Dream", "Dancer in the Dark", "Atonement", "Memento", etc.

ADRIAN said...

Dancer in the Dark is definitely a 5/5, after watching it, i said this VON TRIER, this is him! great choice. Anyway, I short listed your blog on SCREENVILLE (, Harry asked me to collect some Filipino based Art film blogs, so i did. Just look it up... or google it.

Fidel Antonio Medel said...

Dancer in the Dark is the first Von Trier film that I saw. I froze after the last scene. Before I knew it, I was crying and sobbing. Ang galing. After that, I became a fan of Von Trier. I can't wait to see Antichrist. It's a departure from his earlier works, but I hope it's not as bad as the Cannes critics made it look like.

I checked the blog. Thanks for the recommendation.


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