I'm probably the last person in the world to have seen UP, the Disney blockbuster from last year. Everyone, and I mean, everyone has been urging me to see this movie.
The story is about Carl Fredrickson, an elderly man who somehow manages to fly his house to South America as a promise to his late wife, and also to evade a court order that will put him in a retirement home. As he's making his getaway, he accidentally picks up a young stowaway, and together they encounter a villain with a huge pack of dogs who can not only talk through ingenious translation collars, but can also cook. (A dog that can cook! That's a dream come true for me.)
I know everyone wanted me to see this movie because of the talking dogs, and in any other case that would have hooked me.
But, I have to tell you it depressed both Greg and me very much. We loved the characterizations of the dogs. Whoever wrote them definitely knew the canine perspective.
From the sudden (and constant) cries of "Squirrel!" where every dog head snaps in unison, to the 'Cone of Shame', the plastic cone put on dogs to keep them from chewing--but in this instance is used as punishment. The dog references were spot on each time.
But it was the very short but memorable lead up at the beginning of the movie where we meet young Carl and Ellie (his wife) that really upset us. The clip is below.
As Greg and I watched it, we'd glance over at each other, uncomfortably aware that this was our story too. We aren't as old as Carl and Ellie, but we'd been together a long time, childless, still enjoying our 'adventures'.
When Ellie dies, we felt Carl's suffering as keenly as if it happened to us. Although we liked the story, it was just too sad thereafter to enjoy it. I seriously doubt we'll ever watch it again.
Kids will love this film, as will parents, but I think it hits too close to home when you're talking about losing the love of your life and continuing on without him/her.
We both liked the movie, and the message was a good one, but I am a little sorry we saw it.
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