Thursday, June 25, 2009
Two Thumbs 'UP'!
Bob took me to see this delightful film last night in 3D, and I absolutely loved it. Within the first 10 minutes I was in tears from the montage of a husband and wife growing old together. Pixar has an amazing ability to evoke emotion in the viewer with simple, elegant music, and beautiful, heartwarming images. (Wall-E is a great example of this silent charm that Pixar infuses in their films). From that teary moment on, I was hooked. I was already excited for the talking dog part upon seeing the previews, and when it finally came my expectations were exceeded. My heart skipped a beat when, after being called a "Bad Dog" by the old man the day before, Doug is waiting on his doorstep the next morning and solemnly says, "I hid under your porch because I love you."
Well, Pixar, I've been hiding under your porch because I love YOU! You continue to top yourself! I never expected this movie to take me on such an adventure...to make me laugh, cry, ponder, and hate a villain so much. Each character had such a wonderful background and story. I became emotionally connected to all of them (even the silent "snipe" named Kevin)! I was on the edge of my seat towards the end of the film crossing my fingers that all would end well. In the spirit of not spoiling the ending, just know that, yet again, I was a blubbering baby as the final scene concluded. If I was not 1 of 6 people in the theatre I would have jumped out of my seat in ecstatic applause! Even the credits were a masterpiece! Bob and I left the theatre so happy and 'UP'lifted (hardy har, har!). I want to see it again and again and again!
And Pixar doesn't stop with movies. When a little girl's dying wish is to see UP before a rare cancer takes her life, they fly an employee to her house with the DVD and a sack full of goodies. You can read the heartwarming story here.
My new favorite Pixar movie? UP. Go see it. I know there are a lot of other appealing movies out right now...Transformers, for instance. But I can guarantee that they will not have as much beauty, humor, or heart as UP. Plus, talking dogs. Gotta love the..SQUIRREL!
P.S. I put up a poll to find out what YOUR favorite Pixar films is. Vote, baby!