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Old June 1 2009, 07:38 AM   #31
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Re: Up - Discussion and Grading thread [Spoilers]

A+

Went to see it today at the first showing and I take back everything I said about this film before, such as I wasn't looking forward to it and stuff like that. This is another beautiful movie from the folks across the bay and yeah those 15 minutes were an emotional rollercoaster. It's not often a movie can develop it's characters so well from the first frame that you are so emotionally invested in them at the beginning of the movie and that's what this movie did. When Russel showed up, and then Kevin, and then Doug, I couldn't help but just root for everyone. There was this great bond almost I felt watching this movie and no other company does it this well. It happened with Wall-E and it happened here.

I also wanted to talk about the short, Partly Cloudy. As with other PIXAR films, it seems like the short gets overlooked because the main feature was so good, but leave it to Pixar to have the most simplist of stories and turn it into an art form. It wasn't as good as Presto, or the one that came with The Incredibles, but it was still excellent, sentimental and cute. I really felt sorry for the cloud and the ending just made me very happy. This was also a great short to attach with this movie because it really allowed the audience to experience the life cycle. Birth, Death, and rebirth.

I still want to see Disney go back to the Lion King type movies (And Princess and the Frog looks interesting) but PIXAR really can't do anything wrong. Just when I think they reached the top in quality, they go higher.
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Old June 1 2009, 03:29 PM   #32
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It was probably the most violent, and scary Pixar movie to date.
I'd disagree with this, personally. I'd say that The Incredibles has more violence and such compared to Up, and I believe we see a number of henchmen die in that one far less ambiguously than the sole violent death in Up.

Not that it really bothers me, I appreciate children's movies that handle those sorts of things well.
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Old June 1 2009, 05:14 PM   #33
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Oh, I forgot to ask: Did anyone else feel like Charles F. Muntz bared a strong resemblance to Kirk Douglas? I know he was voiced by Christopher Plummer (who did an outstanding job of disguising his typical striking voice), but I couldn't help but notice the similarities.
Yes, I thought he looked exactly like Kirk Douglas - I thought it worked perfectly, Kirk is one of those actors that you can't guess straight away whether he's going to be mean or heroic.


I loved Up. Tears were streaming down my face all the way though, so I'm glad the movie theatre stayed dark for a while afterwards!

I'm thinking of treating my daughter by taking her for her first visit to a cinema to see this. She's seen other Pixar movies, and is used to superhero action fighting and I think she'll love the adventure of this one.
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Old June 1 2009, 06:23 PM   #34
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Due to recent events in my life, the first 20 min. or so were very hard to watch. That said, this may be Pixar's best film (which is saying a lot). It is a very human story. It has the "heart" that I felt was missing from Wall-E (I know I'm alone there).

A+ without question.
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Old June 2 2009, 12:27 AM   #35
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not my favorite of Pixar's but I enjoyed it. I think my fave scene was when the house finally lifts off for the first time & you see the different folks's reaction to it as it floats by. Also loved anything with Kevin. What is it about Pixar & goofy birds?
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Old June 2 2009, 02:06 AM   #36
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Oh, I forgot to ask: Did anyone else feel like Charles F. Muntz bared a strong resemblance to Kirk Douglas? I know he was voiced by Christopher Plummer (who did an outstanding job of disguising his typical striking voice), but I couldn't help but notice the similarities.
Yes, I thought he looked exactly like Kirk Douglas - I thought it worked perfectly, Kirk is one of those actors that you can't guess straight away whether he's going to be mean or heroic.
Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that. And I absolutely agree with your thoughts about Kirk Douglas. Too bad they didn't get him to voice the character.
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while kirk douglas still acts wasnt his ability to speak affected by his stroke.?
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Old June 2 2009, 03:22 AM   #38
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I cried...
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Old June 2 2009, 08:12 AM   #39
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gave it an A+, thoroughly enjoyed the movie. That opening montage alone would have made an amazing animated short. One of the amazing things about when we saw the movie was that there were a bunch of loud idiots in the theater, yelling our retarded crap all throughout the trailers and the short. But as soon as the love story came on they started sniffling and shut up for the rest of the movie. I also thought the score for the film was great.
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Old June 2 2009, 09:00 AM   #40
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gave it an A+, thoroughly enjoyed the movie. That opening montage alone would have made an amazing animated short. One of the amazing things about when we saw the movie was that there were a bunch of loud idiots in the theater, yelling our retarded crap all throughout the trailers and the short. But as soon as the love story came on they started sniffling and shut up for the rest of the movie. I also thought the score for the film was great.
I was a bit bummed by the score actually. Nothing Pixar did persay, but the score was done by Michael Giacchino, the same guy who did Star Trek's score. The reason I was bummed was because I wish he had put this much effort into the Star Trek (2009) score instead of making it sound really repetitive.
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Old June 5 2009, 08:18 PM   #41
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Up

Rated: G

My Grade: B

Disney Pixar's "Up" is their worst outting yet.

That said, it's still a pretty fucking fantastic movie.

It's just that, well, something has to be last (I've never seen Finding Nemo or A Bug's Life) and up until yesterday afternoon "Cars" was their "last" for me but now Up holds that spot but, really, it's not a bad spot to be in.

True to Pixar's ability they made a beautiful and warm movie but for me the characters were not that interesting unless we're talking about a dog with a collar on him that allows him to "speak."

Visuals are beautiful, animation is great -though I'm not a fan of the character design in this movie for the humans and story just lacks a certain ammount of "adventure" and it gets bogged down with an escort mission over a rare bird and a mustache twirling villian who's so set in getting to his goal he's willing to kill a child. :yawn:

I didn't hate this movie it just didn't motivate me to love it. It was just meh. A fair outing.

Which, again, for Pixar is pretty good.
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Old June 8 2009, 12:16 AM   #42
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did anyone understand what a going on with Russell's parents? I get that he had a deadbeat dad but I didnt get what the deal was with his mom & why he called her by her name(was it Phillis?) Was that her in the final scene when he gets his pin?
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Phyllis was Russell's stepmother; I thought it was pretty clear that his parents were divorced, and his father spent more time with his new family than with Russell.
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I'm so looking forward to this movie!
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Old June 8 2009, 12:53 AM   #45
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On Thursday afternoon I went to see Terminator: Salvation a flashy, soulless, average hulk of a movie. I wasn't blown away by what I saw.

On Friday I took my two children to see Up. Who knew that such a kindhearted movie about a senior citizen and his flying house would be so much more satisfying and exciting than the latest entry in the Terminator series?

I don't want to go on a rant like I did my T:S review so I'll just try to post a few bullet points.

1. Nobody told me this sucker was going to be a love story. It wasn't in the trailers.

Thank God.

In the first ten minutes I got treated to one of the most beautiful, poignant stories of marriage and aging I have been priveleged to see in my life. Just watching the ups and the downs and the young and the old and the regrets and the loss and the...

It was emotionally draining and the beauty of it was that they managed to capture the feeling of the first ten minutes throughout the length of the movie.

Ellie was dead but by God she was there throughout the whole movie. She was the movie!

I cared about Ellie's dream. I cared about Carl trying to fulfill her dream. I wanted to bawl when he had to sacrifice his dream and then...

I wanted to bawl even louder when in the end we saw he had brought her dream to fulfillment after all.

Beautiful work!

2. The sinister character of Munst. I had no idea this movie was going to have someone this dark and dangerous as the villain. I didn't even expect a villain from the trailers. And the danger level this guy presented! He'd killed before! He had dozens of trained attack dogs! His giant zeppellin of death! I mean this sucker was such a thrill ride!

I didn't expect that from the trailers!

I love surprises!

3. Fuck it was good!

I think that was the most important thing to take from this movie. How many movies are worth seeing twice? Or even once? A lot of movies are strictly worth waiting for the DVD. This is one of those flicks you can see multiple times on the big screen and it'll be worth it any time.

A few weeks back I predicted that Up was going to kick so much ass in so many different ways.

I don't mean to be smug but...

I was right!

Thank God!
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