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Movie Review – Up (2009)

Film: Up
Released: 2009
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Stars: (Voices) Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger,  Christopher Plummer

A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, who’s trying to get an Assisting the Elderly badge. Together, they embark on an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin.

What I thought of it:
I’ve spent over two years saying I didn’t want to see this film. I still didn’t want to see it today, but my son wanted to watch it, so we put it on.

How could I have not wanted to see this film???

On the face of things, it has all the hallmarks of a pretty slow, dull film – an old man and a little boy become friends. What’s interesting about that? It turns out, however, that it’s packed full of action, adventure and excitement! Who would have believed it?

The growing friendship between the old man (Carl) and the young boy (Russell) is endearing, but it’s the rest of the story that makes it even better. You get the back story of the old man and his wife in the first ten minutes that is some of the most wonderful storytelling I have ever seen committed to film. You get the adventure of a lifetime as man and boy are forced to pull together to pull off a daring rescue assisted by a talking dog.

Yes, that’s what I said – a talking dog!

And that talking dog (Dug) is fabulous in his own right – he is everything a dog should be, friendly, loyal, easily distracted – SQUIRREL! – and absolutely hilarious.

There’s very real danger involved too, which keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the while hoping that everything will turn out OK. And that’s the thing – even though this is a Disney Pixar film, there’s no guarantee that it will turn out alright, after all, we watched someone die in the first ten minutes. This is not your usual kid film! Be assured, though, that it’s all handled with great tact and although parts are very sad, there’s plenty in there to make you happy too.



Movie Review – Puss In Boots (2011)

Film: Puss In Boots
Released: 2011
Director: Chris Miller
Stars: (Voices) Antonio Banderas, Selma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis

Years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots (Banderas) must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws (Hayek), who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty (Galafianakis). Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss’ doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss’ name.

What I thought of it:
I found this one a bit disappointing, although it’s still better than Shrek Forever After (then again, that’s not particularly difficult). We have the same quality animation and quirky plot. As spin-offs go, it’s not too bad, but I was hoping for a little more, well, oomph from a Puss in Boots exploit. That said, Xander enjoyed it a great deal and sat through almost the whole thing quietly (only the last fifteen minutes or so saw him get up and play with his toys while he watched the end). So, nothing brilliant, but it will keep the kids engaged while you get on with doing other stuff.

My hubby’s review HERE.

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