CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Up" is the best movie of 2009, yes better than "Star Trek."

It has been nine months and I am still mourning the closing of the **Adventurers Club** in Disneyworld. This grief was renewed while watching the opening scenes of Disney/Pixar’s latest animation classic, "Up." **Up** opens with newsreel footage of the balderdash days of Zeppelin and dashing aviators like Charles Muntz (voiced by Christopher Plummer). The newsreel footage inspires Carl Frederickson (Ed Asner) to dream about an adventuresome life with the love of his life, Ellie (Elie Docter). Sadly, Carl loses his Ellie.

The previews for "Up" then reveal that Carl puts some balloons on his house and flies away, only to discover a boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai) is an unwitting passenger. To reveal more would ruin the experience of "Up," except to say this special motion picture will make people laugh, cheer and become misty eyed.

While Ed Asner’s Carl is the grumpy anchor for "Up" and Jordan Nagai’s bewildered wilderness boy is a delight, the meld between Charles Muntz and Christopher Plummer is uncanny. The Pixar animators really captured the nuances of Plummer’s vocal performance with computer technology, making a whole character.

For all of it‘s outrageous drama, "Up" works because director Pete Docter and writer Bob Peterson take the time to logically tell an illogical story. By the film’s conclusion, one accepts the logic of talking dogs and a 78 year old man pulling a house to a Peruvian plateau. There is a spirit of good will that prevails throughout **Up** and one would be silly not to share it.
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