Tuesday, May 12, 2009

'Up' is Doing Great So Far

Just a short little 'Up'date for you. RottenTomatoes.com, the definitive website for movie reviews, has Up reviewed at 100% as of right now. Even though there are only 6 reviews in (most from its premiere at Cannes), this shows us what we've already known for weeks: Up is as good, if not better, than Pixar's past 9 amazing animated feature films. One of the reviews listed on Rotten Tomatoes is by Todd McCarthy of Variety. He says:

The two leading men are 78 and 8 years old, and the age range of those who will appreciate the picture is even a bit wider than that. Like previous classic films about escape from the mundane, from "The Wizard of Oz" to "Wall-E" and many in between, "Up" is universal in its appeal. At the same time, it may be the most subtle Pixar production to date in its use of color schemes, shapes, proportions, scale, contrast and balance, factors highlighted by the application of 3-D, which will be available at many initial engagements . . . [Up] could easily have been cloying, but instead proves disarming in its deep reserves of narrative imagination and surprise, as well as its poignant thematic balance of dreams deferred and dreams fulfilled.
I highly recommend that you read the full review from Variety. It is very thorough, very interesting, and just the trick to make you even more excited for Up if that's even possible.

Another great and funny review can be found from the Roger Ebert section of the Chicago Sun-Times. Here is the pretty funny, interesting introduction:
As I have so often said, when Cannes opens its festival with a 3D animated feature, I'll believe houses can fly. I am a doubter no longer. Cannes 2009 awarded the honor of its opening night, which traditionally goes to a French film, to Pixar's 3D "Up." I would have given anything to be there for the morning press screening, to witness the world's movie critics, festival programmers, cineastes and academics fitting on their XpanD® Series 101 3D Active Glasses, which are, quote, "a stylish, eco-friendly, and completely immersive stereoscopic 3D experience."
Read the full review by Roger Ebert.

Another heads-up if you missed the last one, I will be posting an Up review on Thursday, May 14! Come back in just 2 days for the full review!

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