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Up film review

Updated on May 10, 2017

Up the movie

I really enjoyed the film Up. It is a real gem. Up begins with a young boy named Carl Fergusen who has a taste for adventure. He is also quite shy. He meets a quirky and talkative girl named Ellie with the same sense of adventure. She shows him her adventure book which she has never shown to anyone else "in [her] whole life!"

She has big plans for what she will do in her future, especially travel to South America. The last page in her adventure book says "stuff I am going to do." Carl is impressed. Ellie says to him. "You don't talk much. I like you!" I love that line.

Fast forward to their marriage as adults. They look like an adorable couple and they enjoy life often staring up at the sky and sun while lying on a picnic blanket.

One day the clouds in the sky all take the shape of babies and they see that as a sign to start their family. Sadly, Ellie is unable to have children but their lives together are wonderful nevertheless. The sad reality causes them to revive their sense of adventure and they plan to travel to South America. They take small steps in this plan, saving their extra change daily and putting the coins in a large jar.

Then something very poignant happens in the Up movie and all of us in the audience are all able to relate to it. There are several instances that create unforeseen expenses and the couple has to take a hammer to the jar, breaking it so that they could get the money when a tree falls on their house in a storm, when Carl breaks his leg and has hospital bills, etc, etc. They attempt to replenish the coins every time they are used up but they just get used up so often. It is difficult to save.

So life happens and the years pass them by. They lead a very happy life together but will they ever get to their proposed adventure in South America? Ellie especially wants to see the remarkable Paradise Falls and has pictures of it. They replaced a mural suitable for a baby's room with a large picture of their own house situated right at Paradise Falls! Is that a dream that can really be realized?

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I think I will stop there, making this film review much more brief and less detailed than most of my film reviews usually are. Nevertheless, I had the pleasure of watching this film not really knowing what to expect and never knowing what would happen next, from scene to scene. I had known of none of the spoilers whatsoever, making it a terrific movie going experience.

I think that revealing information was well protected in the Up movie trailers and I had not read any reviews prior to seeing the movie. The trailer below is just a teaser trailer but even the full length trailers are not too revealing about the plot. Of course we do see the house up in the air suspended by the balloons but there is lots more to the story.

I think not knowing much beforehand makes a really positive difference when seeing this film especially and the surprising things that occur take the audience member on an adventure as well.

There are both happy and sad moments in this animated film. Some things make us regress back to a childlike wonder as we watch the far fetched and unreal things that will never happen but oh, what fabulous ideas they are.

Some moments show us the tough stuff that we can go through in real life.


Rated PG

Ed Asner as the voice of Carl (as an older man) and others

I rate it 5/5 stars *****


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Nancy's Niche and ethel smith, yes, this is a movie where I really would not want the plot to be spoiled for you before you see it. I'm glad it's on your to see list. Thanks for your nice comments.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for not spoiling the plot. It is on my list of to see movies

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great movie review on UP. I will be adding this to my list of movies to see. Sound like it was written by one who has experienced that "one thing after another" bad luck phase...

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi Sandyspider, Peggy W, thanks for commenting. Sandyspider, I'm glad you've seen the movie and like it!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds like a good one and I am glad that you did not give away the ending.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      That was a wonderful show to watch. Thanks.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi Candie V, Hello, hello, alekhouse and IzzyM. Thanks to all of you for posting comments on this hub. I know you'll enjoy this movie when you see it!

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      I'm off to download it now. Sounds good :)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Sounds like a fun movie. I just may take a look at it. Thanks

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for hub about a film not to be missed. Thank you.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Sounds like "UP" is a good movie to see! I'll put it on my list! Thanks Journey!