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This is a Blog that I must do for work and not for fun. If you have not seen the film, or are not interested, not read it. PS: It can only be a maximum of 275 words.

‘Up’ revolves around 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen taking his house from America to Venezuela by Helium balloons. The reason why he is doing this is because it was his and Ellie, his dead wife’s dream to move to where their hero, explorer Charles Muntz had been to. They never had the money to go due to problems life threw at them. Living alone, Carl is in danger of losing the house to a heartless building company. Before they can force him out, he ties thousands of balloons to said house and sets of for Venezuela.

As I sat down in the cinema I was sceptical. Could Pixar carry on their greatness after ‘WALL-E’?

Answer: Oh my God yes.

Within the first ten minutes, I was crying like I had never cried before during a movie. Pixar have created probably the most emotional opening montages in animation history. There is no dialog between Carl and his wife Ellie. It’s just the two characters enjoying their lives together and dreaming. The first tears came when Ellie is told she’s infertile. I was flooding when she passes away just before Carl was about to show her that he had booked a trip to Venezuela and when Carl was about to be evicted from their house. I cried again when, after living his and Ellie’s adventure, Carl sees that Ellie has written that being with him was just as wonderful.

But the film does have an extremely light-hearted feel the rest of the time don’t get me wrong. But I have never felt so much emotion in a cinema than in the first few minutes of ‘Up’.


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