***i’m not going to spoil the movie, but if you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to know ANYTHING about a movie before you see it, you might just want to come back after you’ve seen the movie.***
So, Carl Fredrickson (aka the crotchety looking man above) is not your usual leading man. But oh, he’s the love-of-a-lifetime every girl dreams about! Carl is the leading man in Disney/Pixar’s new movie, Up. I saw it this weekend (in 3d, no less) and I loved it. LOVED it.
I really had no clue what it was about. I’d seen the trailer with the floating house and the be-sashed boy trying to get in the front door. I was totally surprised when the first ten minutes was a beautiful love story between Carl and his wife, Ellie! They met as kids and lived a wonderful life with lots of home-bound adventures…all while dreaming of a big adventure out in the wide wide world.
Flashforward to post-Ellie (ack! heartbreak! I won’t spoil it, I won’t spoil it!) and Carl is now living an utterly UN-adventurous life…until he meets cute little Russell. And they fly a house to South America. And meet some talking dogs. And discover an undiscovered bird. And a crazy old explorer. And have the absolute adventure of a lifetime.
It was such a great movie about commitment, devotion and real loving relationships (including, what’s this? marriage? between a man and a woman even!). I can’t wait to see it again. (Actually, I did get to see the first scene twice because we went to the wrong theater and then realized the rest of the fam was in another theater. So, we trekked both kids, two drinks and a popcorn over to the other theater. But it was worth it to see the Carl/Ellie scene again!)
The overarching theme is that Carl is fulfilling his wife’s life-long dream. And his whole life from this point on is in honor of her. Most love stories focus on the adventure that leads a couple together. Sometimes a movie focuses on an event that breaks up a couple. But rarely is there a movie that shows love and honor even AFTER death. It was more than uplifting…it was inspiring! I think as a parent there are many talking points about faithfulness, true love and loyalty. I highly recommend seeing this with your kids–no matter their age.
The Parental Guidance Suggested-ness:
Lydia was freaked by the 3d glasses so I can’t give a good recount of this movie’s scary scenes. She didn’t wear the glasses except for the first 3 minutes. Plus, we were with about 8 of our family members, so she may have been a little distracted. However, there were some scary dogs (scary at first, then totally funny) and a few chase scenes with them. Besides that, I didn’t notice anything else that I thought was remotely inappropriate or even questionable. (If you saw it and noticed something, please leave a comment.)
I’m sure there were some hidden Pixar/Disney easter eggs but man, I was so caught up in the story I didn’t even notice! Guess I’ll have to go see it again!
There was a short before the feature called, Partly Cloudy about a cloud. A cloud who makes animals for storks to deliver to their mamas. And oh my, it was cute. When I asked Lydia what her favorite part of the movie was? She said the clouds.
OK, that’s all. Oh, except I almost bought this for myself at the Disney Store yesterday: