Movie Review: Up


My Rating: 5Stars

This evening I saw the movie Up at AMC Theater, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

Pixar again impressed me with another original movie. Great plot mixed with the signature Pixar humor, which no one else in the animation industry can mimic. Sony Pictures, Disney Pictures and Dreamworks all tried and failed drastically.

This was the fifth movie from Pixar’s own, Pete Docter. His story telling is very good. The voice actors were outstanding, particularly the 9 year old Jordan Nagai. This was Nagai’s first acting gig, although he did not use his face to act, he did a great job with his voice. Nagai is definitely someone to watch in the future. Of course, we could not forget the very talented animators who portrayed the characteristics of each of the voice actors behind the animated characters they were playing.

The previews of the movie really did not do the movie justice. Like all other Pixar feature films of the past: WALL-E (2008), Ratatouille (2007), Cars (2006), Incredibles (2004), Finding Nemo (2003), and Monster Inc. (2001)

, Up contained a deep story and message about life, while subtle humor and common stereotypes scattered through out the movie. There were so many funny, touching, and ah-ha moments.

This was the first time I’d ever experienced the latest in 3D technology, Real 3D. I almost did not go for the 3D version as the seats were not that great, but not I’m really glad I did. The Real 3D effect in addition to the great plot gave me a total immersion experience. The images were incredible, you could see the fine details of the feathers on birds, hairs on dogs and even the reflections of tears in the character’s eyes. I really believe digital animated movies to be most suited for Real 3D. Doing such a production for a regular movie with human actors would had been impractical.

Without giving any of the story or the ah-ha moments I will stop here and strongly recommend you go see the 3D version at a theater. Do not seat too close and try to get a center seat, but because this is a 3D movie, seats on the sides are also great seats.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

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