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Saying “Up” is sad is like saying “Titanic” is a dance movie

Is Up sad? I’ll offer my opinion and try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

Several people have mentioned they heard it was a sad movie. I admit I am baffled by this. I found it to be absolutely alive. I saw resilience and triumph. I laughed like I haven’t laughed at a movie in years.

There are sad moments, certainly. Within the first ten minutes, we were treated to a montage of the hero’s 70-year-long relationship with his beloved wife. They dream of adventure, saving their pennies for future dream fulfillment. Life happens, though. Heartbreaks occur and are briefly referenced, all without dialogue. It was poignantly done.

Honestly, the few sad and gritty moments went right over my kids’ heads. The adults in the theater were sniffling and honking into Kleenexes. I was too. It takes a certain sophistication to discern the exact heartaches the couple endure. I don’t mind movies with sad aspects. It’s good to be emotionally challenged sometimes, even by a movie with a dog chef.

There are intense moments with the characters in peril. There is a villain and his very unusual army. As an adult, I knew everything would be okay in the end. An inexperienced movie watcher, like a small child who hasn’t seen anything more intense than Max and Ruby fighting over a garden hose, might find it overwhelming.

I came away thinking Up, so simple in premise, was more real and rich than anything Hollywood has cranked out in ages. You can tell the people at Pixar who made the movie are the types who find life to be a beautiful mystery, despite inevitable heartaches.

I feel the same way. I think that’s why I liked it so much.

13 comments to Saying “Up” is sad is like saying “Titanic” is a dance movie

  • Sounds wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing it soon.

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  • We saw it this weekend, and I was ready to walk right back into the theater and see it again. Tissues and all.

    I think my almost 10 yo daughter hit the nail on the head when she said, through her sniffling and tears, “It made me cry, but it was great.”

    That’s called life.

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  • I can’t wait to see this. Don’t know if we can squeeze it in before our Disney trip, but SURELY they’ll be showing it there!

    I admit, seeing the previews didn’t make me particularly eager to see the movie, but I’ve heard such great reviews about it, including yours (which I trust!), that it’s hard to pass this one by.

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  • I have to say (did I see this in my last comment?) that my friend who have said it is sad alluded to “childhood dreams unfulfilled” but I have yet to hear one review of it that isn’t absolutely glowing.

    Okay, mama. I think I’m convinced – I’ll make plans to see it in the theater instead of waiting for DVD!

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  • Edie

    So happy to read your review! My lucky kiddos just left with their wonderful older cousins to go see Up. Sounds like they will all love it!

  • Thank you for clarifying. I’m really excited to take the kids, this is the kind of movie that I love.

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  • Jessica

    I took my 5 year old daughter and I loved it! She did too. The depth of the movie was amazing! My daughter loved the funny adventure. I loved the sweet love story. This is my favorite animated film in YEARS!!

  • We’re going to The Little City to watch it this weekend, I think!

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  • I can’t wait to see it. I know I’ll feel the same way that you did.

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  • Sad like the beginning of Nemo? I fast forward through the first 5 minutes of that one 😛

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  • edj

    I”m sold. I want to see it.

  • Louise

    “UP” isthe best animated movie I have ever seen. I left the cinema with mascara streaming down my face, with my 4 year old daughter skipping behind me asking for a house that floats. It was so real and deep aswell as seriously funny. Go see it, if you have a heart, you’ll love it 🙂

  • Max Chee

    OMG this is one of the saddest PIXAR movie I have ever seen, I mean after I watched the movie the about old man’s relationship with his wife. It kept replaying in my head which gave me a real heartache every time I think about it.

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