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Review: Up

In On Film on June 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

1952-upmovieposterPixar’s latest offering is Up, a movie that says you’re never too old for adventure. The plot of the film revolves around an old man named Carl Fredricksen. Carl, as he grows older, quickly realizes that the world around him has changed in such a way that has made him extremely bitter. When threatened with a future in a retirement home, Carl decides to have the adventure he never had throughout his life. Thus he heads……*wait for it*…..Up.

Look, I am not the type of person that will gush over something. As a matter of fact, a lot of people often tell me that I hate everything. Be that as it may, I can’t say anything bad concerning this movie. I loved Wall*E, it was one of my favorite movies from last year, but I must say it takes a backseat to Up.

The story is just perfect. You can’t help but find yourself feeling every emotion that Carl feels. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is just a typical “kid’s” movie, it’s not. Within the first 45 minutes of the movie, you’ll find yourself incredibly depressed. Without giving away any spoilers, the beginning of this movie is absolutely soul crushing.

The visuals in this movie were nothing short of beautiful. Seeing this movie in 3D really amplifies the beauty of the visuals, so if you have that option, definitely go with it.

Guys, I really don’t know what else to say about this movie besides it’s perfect. I really mean it, there is nothing wrong with this movie. It may be the best Pixar movie ever. I also think it’s a definite thing that this film will take home some Oscars when the time comes. Best picture? I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it won. This is easily the best movie of 2009 thus far, do yourself a favor and go check it out immediately.

Final Grade: A+ – Perfect Score

Review: Earth

In On Film on May 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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I will go ahead and admit up front that this review is going to be difficult to write. I mean, how do you even review something like this? You can’t point out things you would normally point out, like acting for example. What would I say? “Yeah man, them polar bears brought the movie to a whole other level with their tour de force performance!” So this review will be a bit different than most, to say the least. It’s also going to be hard to keep politics out of this, because if you didn’t know, this movie could spark a global warming debate in a heartbeat.

Let me just start off by saying that I agree with the theory of global warming. You don’t? Ok, that’s awesome! I say that I agree with it to point out how the movie appealed more to me because of this. I’ve heard a few people on the other side of the argument claim the movie was completely unwatchable due to the fact that it pushed global warming down the throats of its viewers. I am not sure if I agree with this. What you have here is a movie that follows the lives of several animal families and their various quests. I loved the way the stories were set up to get the viewers emotionally invested with the families. For example, the elephant family in the film is on a quest to find water. You can’t help but cheer them on as they get closer and closer to their desired destination.

The film was beautifully shot. If you had a chance to watch the Planet Earth series that was on awhile back, you will find the same thing here as you did with that series. Getting James Earl Jones to narrate this was also a brilliant move. I mean, come on, what else is better than hearing Darth Vader tell you how a polar bear cub is going to grow up?

At the risk of sounding a bit lazy, I really don’t know what else to say about the film. If you like animals, nature, or Darth Vader you will probably enjoy this movie. If you are majorly opposed to the theory of global warming, you will probably find yourself letting those beliefs get in the way of enjoying the movie. That’s just how it is. I personally loved the film and look forward to future features from Disney Nature.

Final Grade: A-

Review: Race to Witch Mountain '09

In On Film on March 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

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Could it be? Another remake has graced our nation!? Why yes, yes it is. In yet another remake, Disney has released the 2009 version of their old classic Race to Witch Mountain. Does this one stack up to the original? In all honesty, while I have seen the original, it has been so long ago I don’t exactly recall every single aspect of the film. Basically what you need to know about the film is that its story follows 2 children who come to Earth from another world. These two children befriend an Earthling (in this movie, that Earthling would be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and then begin to run from an assassin from their world and (a more dangerous foe) the US Government.

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