Thirty Days of Feelings: Day Three

This year I’m undergoing a bit of an experiment: Thirty straight days of doing/watching/listening to/reading something that makes me feel – however fleetingly – like an actual human being, in the hopes that this will thaw a layer of ice off my frozen shriveled little heart, and allow me to not be such a buzzkill this year. So let’s get to it.

Day Three: Up

I’m just going to say this straight up: if you don’t cry at least once during Up, then you are irredeemably inhuman, and I pity you profoundly. I myself cried about five minutes in, misted up halfway through, and then cried again at the end. It’s not every movie that can do that to me – especially when I’m emotionally stable and surrounded by friends.

Up is essentially the story of what happens after happily ever after. By which I mean, the “til death do you part” part. Enter Carl, an old man left with nothing but memories and bitterness. When an unfeeling corporation seeks to take control of his property, he revolts by means of thousands of balloons, carrying him and his house to South America. The only problem: a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell has tagged along. Russell finds a father figure in Carl, and Carl finds a reason to care again in young Russell. The two make discoveries, find new friends, and get into all sorts of trouble along the way.

The movie has everything you really need. Crotchety old man? Check. Adorable yet slightly pathetic child? Check. Talking dogs? Check. Weird birds? Check. Fantastic imagery? Check. A sweet love story? Check. Surrogate family-forming? Checkarooney.

At the end of the day, Up is a truly phenomenal movie that has something for everyone. Kids love it, college students love it, and parents love it. It’s funny, it’s fun, it’s sweet and earnest and heart-warming without being too cheesy. To this day it remains one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time, second only to The Incredibles and probably tied with Toy Story 3.

So if you haven’t seen it, do. And if you have, find someone special to watch it with – whether it’s a grandparent, parent, cousin, nephew, girlfriend… someone. Because this is a movie people should watch and love together.

And remember. The wilderness must be explored!


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