Review Written by: Alex Sandell
The first 20 minutes
of Up are
some of the most emotionally moving,
beautifully directed moments in animated film. The last 10 minutes of
the movie, while not as masterful as the first, are still "Up" there
with the best of them. Unfortunately, the 60 minutes in-between feature
a Pixar first: generic-itis. Between the stunning
bookends of the movie are bland characterizations, plodding plot lines
and tepid action more in-line with something you'd find in lesser CG
films produced by lesser creative minds than you find at Pixar.
middle hour of this film is basically interchangeable with The
Ant Bully, Over
the Hedge, Shrek
the Third and any other average
animated fare. It's unfortunate, because up 'til this point Pixar has
been anything but average. For an all too brief period of time, it
seems as though they're going to surpass even their own excellence with
Up. But it
isn't to be.
kid in the film looking for his badge is annoying, underdeveloped and
-- here comes that word again -- generic. The old man is curmudgeonly
and bitter for the sake of
being curmudgeonly and bitter, when the first 15 minutes of the film
indicate someone entirely different (his personality change is
explained, but it doesn't make his behavior any less cookie-cutter).
villain is so underdeveloped he's basically around for the same reason
the exterminator was around in The
Ant Bully - to be a villain.
of making an incredible full-length feature as the studio
usually does, Pixar padded a brilliant 30-minute short with substandard
material and sold it to the public as a feature length film. It's still
worth a watch, as the Pixar magic hasn't entirely
left the movie; just don't get your hopes "Up" (sorry, can't help
myself) before seeing it, because, with few exceptions, there's not
much here that you haven't already watched before.
The whole thing
makes you wonder if the reason this was the first Pixar film to feature 3-D is
because it was the only Pixar film that's needed it to add any depth.
is the first time Pixar has put product above art. Commerce before
creativity. And it's
the first time Pixar has made a kid's movie instead of a family film.
Hopefully it will also be the last.
6 out of 10
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