Spirit of adventure

Up movie

The story of Carl and Ellie as told in the cartoon film “Up” is probably one of the saddest stories I’ve watched in a long long time. It made me cry from the very beginning. Which I somehow found a bit annoying, because being a Pixar film, I was ready for a lighthearted, comedic film. I wasn’t ready for a heart-breaking, only-to-be-understood-by-adults storyline.

The problem was that the beginning, the scene setting was too adult-like (never in a million years would children understand the whole significance of Carl’s and Ellie’s friendship, relationship, and sad sad ending) but then they introduce all kinds of fantastic (as in “fantasy“, not “great“) elements more  adequate for a kiddie’s film (the talking dogs, the balloons lifting the house, etc). It just didn’t add up.

It is, however, a beautiful film that makes you laugh and cry, with its own moral at the end (follow your dreams and don’t postpone your adventures) and all that. But the underlying story of Carl losing his wife is so overpowering, that it leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth for hours and hours after the film has finished. I wonder if the creators realised this when making it and if that was their purpose…

2 thoughts on “Spirit of adventure”

  1. María, I understand perfectly your comment. I watched this film a couple of weeks ago. I felt sad for a long time after watching the film. I also think that the story is too complicated for a child’s mind. It was a very beautiful film but I don’t think I will ever watch it again!

  2. I always say that if a movie makes me cry and smile then it’s a good movie, and Up it is. The fisrt part is very very sad, but reflects how beautiful and deep could be the relationship and the love between a couple. The beginning is a lesson of this, in five minutes. I find funny when the people rejects to view a film again because it makes them cry (my wife’s one of them). But ‘sarna con gusto no pica’ ;-p

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