The film is looking so incredibally fantastic, I dare not skip a beat in seeing it on Day 1. Look forward to seeing it in digitalized 3-D. Also believe we can look forward to this film being the basis for a flume ride at DCA's Paradise Pier.
To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!
I thought I'd hate this movie, then I saw it and LOVED it. It's so not what the trailers make it look like!
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...
Interesting (or not) fact - I did not like The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story 2 and Cars on first viewing. Maybe it is too much to take in at first sight but I much preferred all of them after a second viewing (and now love all but Cars - which I think is ok). Anyone else experienced this with Pixar's movies?
I voted "I wont" but it's more "I can't". I already have something planned that evening after work that I can't get out of. But I will definitely be seeing it opening weekend some time, before pining for it to come out on Blu-ray already!!!!
I voted "I've already seen it...in your face!"
I was forutnate enough to be at a screening of this last month. Here are some of my thoughts...
The beginning of the movie couldn't be any better. It tells a love story of Carl and Ellie in the first ten minutes of the film that Wall*E couldn't quite affectively accomplish in its entire runtime (also without using any dialog). I really felt the plot dips soon after Carl reaches South America with his balloon-lifted house. Why? Because although the movie is an adventure movie from that point, much like Indiana Jones, there are a few too many things that are present that Disney has exhausted the use of. (Come on, Disney! Do we really need more talking dogs in your movies?) There are also plot/dialog references that I caught from Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Last I checked, it was Dreamworks that used pop-culture references and it was Pixar that was making timeless films that are modern-day classics. But those three things aside, I thought the adventure aspect of UP makes the film fall just under that of The Incredibles, but the story telling between Carl and Ellie and her book of adventures brings it up to the same level. Grown women (and a few men) had tears from Carl and Ellie's story making it some of the best story telling that Pixar, or Disney as a whole for that matter, have ever done...and that's just one scene with a short (and predictable) resolve towards the end of the film.
The villian character of the film comes with great character development. Basically the villian is a Howard Hughes-type explorer that Carl and Ellie look up to when they were children. The explorer is outed as lying about the finds of a rare South American bird and is shuned by the once in awe public. He then sets forth to recover the mysterious and rare bird and is not heard from again. Forward to Carl landing in South America and finding the bird in question and the explorer that was once a childhood hero to Carl is now a plotline's villian.
The screening was not in 3D so I cannot comment as to if 3D adds to the film or not. As far as the annimation in the film is concerned, I am in awe at Pixar's further development of light reflection in the films. It creates truly stunning images that no other animation company has yet to compete with. I will see the film again when it is released so I can see both the short before the film and to find out if there will be any more to the story in the credits (both the short and credits were not on the print at the screening).
I will also add that is was great to finally see what type of human face Pixar associates with John ratzenberger's character. He has a good, light-hearted cameo.
For reference, my rankings of Pixar films:
2. Monsters, Inc.
3. Finding Nemo
4. Toy Story
5. The Incredibles
6. UP 7. Toy Story 2
8. A Bug's Life