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After a long happy marriage, widower Carl Fredricksen decides to do the one thing he and his wife never managed: travel to South America and Paradise Falls in Venezuela. So, he attaches hundreds of helium-filled balloons to his house and embarks on a new adventure.
Opening with what may be Pixar’s strongest-yet sequence (welling up at the beginning of a movie, blimey) as Carl Fredricksen goes from boy to man, through love and marriage and the heartbreak of infertility and death, Up then takes to the skies, arrives in South America and, only then, struggles to suspend disbelief rendering the remainder of the movie good but obviously manipulative and non-sensical. 10/10 for the first part, 6/10 for the rest. Michael Giacchino supplies a terrific central theme which is highly evocative of Chaplin, delivers the strong emotional power of the wordless ‘married life’ montage and helps give the movie an agreeably timeless feel. Amazingly, you can’t buy it on CD.
This movie contains violence.
Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.