Monday, June 15, 2009
Up, Up, and Away
We went to see the animated film Up over the weekend and we were glad we did, even though it was not shown in 3-D in Bowmanville. The Pixar animation is wonderful but it was not like some animated films with lots of action and not much plot.
Actually it is a suspenseful adventure story in some respects, but there are stories beneath the story. One is about the realities of aging and how quickly life passes by without necessarily getting to what we thought were our goals. One reviewer mentions a segment of the film that had moved him to tears. It is only a few minutes long and shows a couple moving from youth to old age. Honestly, it was hard to imagine an animated film having that effect until I was in the theatre. Bring your hankies! The old guy named Carl in the film is a delightful curmudgeon voiced by Ed Asner.
Up also reminds us that the adventure of life is simply in the living. If we think we need to travel to an exotic place for true adventure we might miss the pleasure of the day to day.
I suppose the film is about love and loyalty in all circumstances, which is a strongly Christian theme.
Have any of you seen Up?