Experiencing Adventure: A Review of Up

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Artwork by: Pahal Bhasin

In the animated movie Up, an odd co’UP’le, Carl Fredricksen (dubbed by Ed Asner) and Ellie Fedricksen (Elie Docter), plan an adventure to Paradise Falls, South America, as children, to follow famous explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer).

Carl is trying to complete his wife’s adventure, Russell is trying to get his last badge for his wilderness course, and Dug wants Carl to be his master. This movie is intended for kids, but with parental guidance, because of a few potentially frightening scenes involving a band of trained talking dogs trying to get rid of the protagonists, some moments where characters almost fall from a floating house, and some guns firing. I have personally loved watching Up since I was five years old. And my experience of watching it has not changed drastically since. I still enjoy the colorful balloons on Carl’s house, the savings jar, and every animation because of how colorful it is! Every year I have a throwback to the first time I saw it. It’s always a nostalgic experience.

For me, Up is an extremely inspiring and exciting movie which can be enjoyed more than once. The movie has humor, creativity, and emotion. The unique characters, like Dug and Russell, give it great variation. I love Dug's interesting role as a talking dog and his signature dialogue: “My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you.” It adds a perfect blend of cuteness and humor to the movie. Along with Dug, Russell is such an exciting character and the best wilderness explorer I have ever seen. Mixed with adventure, the movie has mesmerizing animation, with the amazing idea of a balloon-floating house and the colorful bird, Kevin. The theme song of the movie is so heartwarming and a mixture of joy and sadness. Listening to it just makes me calm and peaceful. Even the voice actors make the movie so realistic and lively. They give the characters their personality which totally suits them.

Up is a film about getting old, and about realising that life is not how you imagined it to be, as much as you might try to make it otherwise. But it’s also a film about love, compassion, and making sure that every day counts. It is love that can find its way through the most difficult situations. The movie is also about never giving up and being compassionate, making every day count, and achieving what you want either for yourself or someone you love. Which is exactly what Carl does.

I believe Up is one of the best movies that the computer animation company Pixar has made, along with Brave and Toy Story. The movie is directed by Pete Docter, the story is by Tom McCarthy, Pete Docter, and Bob Peterson, and I give the movie five stars out of five stars. Even though the movie is animated and fictional, I can feel the smile on my face when Carl is young, I rub a tear in my eye when Ellie passes away, and I hear my laughter when Dug convinces Carl that he is his owner! Up is just very heart-touching and pleasing. And in the end, I want to cross my heart and tell you that there’s nowhere to go but up!

Pahal Bhasin is a 13 year old budding poet. She studies in the eighth grade at Excelsior American School in Gurugram, India. She enjoys reading and writing poems, acting, singing, dancing, drawing, photography, community service and loves nature.

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