This is the second CFR review of Up! It’s THAT good! New to Disney Blu-Ray and DVD! If you enjoy Disney/Pixar films, this will be one of your new favorites!
UP is about adventure and living your life to the fullest. The movie begins with a young Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner) who is all about adventure. He idolizes the great explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) and that is how he meets the love of his life Ellie. They are both adventurous children who want to be just like Charles Muntz. They spend a beautiful life together trying to save money to one day visit Paradise Falls in South America. It is a dream that they “crossed their heart” about doing in their life, and Ellie wanted to move their house on the top of Paradise Falls. As life goes on, they have to keep breaking into their bank for circumstances, and one day in their late life together, Carl goes and buys a trip to Paradise Falls. Ellie gets very sick and ends up dying. This leaves Carl devasted that he could not visit Pardise Falls with Ellie and he is left all alone. He becomes a bitter old man and does not want any help from anyone. He is also very attached to his home, which the city is trying to get rid of so they can build more skycrapers and businesses. Carl gets into a tiff with someone about it, and the court orders him to live in a retirement home. The next day, Carl makes a break for it by letting go hundreds of balloons that are attached to his house, and it takes off into the sky.
Carl is very happy to be away and on his way to Paradise Falls, when he hears a knock at his door, which is strange since he is flying in the air. He opens the door to find a wilderness explorer, Russell (Jordan Nagai). Russell is trying to earn his assisting the elderly badge, which is the last one he needs before becoming a senior wilderness explorer. Carl lets him in, and the two of them set out on a very adventurous journey together. They arrive at Paradise Falls and run into a bird that Russell names Kevin and wants to keep. Of course Carl says no, but the bird won’t leave. Then a dog named Dug, comes up to them searching for the bird, and he can talk. He has an electric collar with many devices on it. Russell begs to keep both of them, and finally Carl gives in. He also “crosses his heart” to keep Kevin safe no matter what.
Little do they know, there are big packs of dogs coming to find the bird to bring back to the famous explorer Charles Muntz. Carl becomes so excited to meet him and hear stories, but then realizes that he is just a bad guy looking to get this bird and bring it back to the states. Carl turns from the bitter, lonely old man that he has become, back to the adventure seeker he was in the days when he was with Ellie, thanks to his new friend Russell. The movie continues with much adventure and action as the race is on for keep Kevin safe and return her to her babies in Paradise Falls.
Up was absolutley amazing! I was unfortunate not to get to see it in the theaters, but am now the owner of the Disney Blu-Ray. Disney/Pixar has done it again! The movie definitley starts out sad with Ellie dying, but it ties the whole movie into perspective that life is an adventure. Ellie’s adventure book is a symbol of the movie and how life is so powerful and that is is perfect when we are with the ones we love. Up is also very funny. Russell just cracks me up and I laughed out loud numerous times. Everyone of all ages will enjoy it. I highly recommend seeing this movie and getting it to add to your beloved Disney classics!
If you want to read more about Up, check out Christine’s review of it here!