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Published on September 14th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle



I got to attend the Irish premiere of UP last night. Disney’s new PIXAR movie, this is now firmly at no. 2 in my favourites. Writer/Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera were also in attendance to a full screen 17 of Cineworld.

I’ll leave the well thought out reviews to those better able for those sort of things (Niall, looking at you here) but I just wanted to share my thoughts.

It’s a Pixar movie. Now, what I mean about that is that it’s of the same high quality and the same entertainment values as the others. It’s not like the others though.

It’s different. This isn’t Wall-E or Finding Nemo or The Incredibles or any of them. It’s better in some ways, simpler in others, decidedly mature in some aspects and less ambitious in the others. It’s just a movie that deserves to be seen on its own merits. Don’t go with expectations other than to be entertained.

It’s funny. Not slap your thighs and tears rolling down your cheeks funny, but funny. Alpha’s voice in particular. You’ll love the dogs.

It’s emotional. It tells the story of Carl and Ellie, of how they met, fell in love, lived together and their adventures. Some parts of it were just so real that their poignancy made them all the more powerful.

It’s for children. Not in a Barney/Teletubbies way or in a “It’s really for adults but you can bring the kids along” way but in a “This will make them think and ask questions and entertain them” way. Definitely bring one, at least.

It’s breathtaking. I can see how this film took five years to complete. The 3D aspects of it far beat any of the others I’ve seen to date. The scenery is beautiful and the colours are vibrant. The illustrations lovingly drawn. The way they approached certain vistas wholly wonderful.

It’s sweet. The relationships between the characters, the manner in which topics like friendship, betrayal, love, death, evil and ambition are approached are all done with a simplistic but inherent sweetness that never lets it stray into the “included for the sake of it” territory.

It’s realistic. Well, okay, not really realistic (we are talking about a floating house here!) but realistic enough to satisfy most people. For something set in a world similar to our own, it’s well done. Serious life-events are handled in a “not solved by a magic wand” way.

It’s a happy movie. You’ll leave entertained, enthralled and feeling like it was worth it. No “ah sure I’ll wait until the DVD” movie this – it deserves to be seen in full glorious 3D. It’s certainly one I’ll return to see when it’s out.

It will make you laugh, think, smile, gasp, put your hands over your eyes, put your heart on your sleeve and make you want an adventure.

UP is released in Ireland on October 2. Check out the website here and the movie on Movies.ie here.

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6 Responses to UP

  1. Thaed says:

    That is certainly on the list of what my brats want to go see.

  2. Niall says:

    I will be doing a review but I’ll probably save posting it till nearer the release date on October 9th. I too loved the movie though.

  3. I cannot wait to see this film. You lucky fecker! Though there really is no excuse for the near 6 month delay in release over here. It’s like begging for piracy

  4. Niamh says:

    I loved the movie but I have to be honest and say that it certainly didn’t beat Toy Story, Finding Nemo or Monsters Inc in my opinion.
    I didn’t notice that the 3D made it any more wonderful, in fact for the most part I only noticed that it was 3D around the scenes with the dogs.
    Still, it is a lovely movie and a delight to watch as all Pixar movies are-I’d definitely recommend people to go see it with the kids 🙂

  5. Kevin says:

    I was lucky enough to get tickets to the screening but was in Kerry so couldn’t attend. So I hired my secret agents, my Dad & younger brother, who both came back from the screening incredibly impressed with both the story and the 3D eye-gasm.

    I’ll definitely check it out when it arrives in the cinema.

  6. Anthony says:

    Looking forward to Up. I’d agree with Stephen that the 6 month delay is ridiculous.

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