Happy July 4th!
This afternoon I saw the Pixar movie "Up" for free because my sister won a free movie pass for being the worst bowler 3 years ago. We never could agree on a movie to watch because the Cinemark Theater only showed mainstream movies that did not appeal to me. Finally we decided on Up. Along with free movie passes, the gift certificate included 2 large drinks, 1 large tub of popcorn and 1 large candy. I don't know how people can consume so much! We ended up getting medium sized drinks and barely finished 1/3 of the tub of popcorn. The candy was saved for another day.
I haven't been to the movies in the U.S. in ages! The last movie I saw was in Frankfurt where you had seat assignments. That's why I thought it was strange that the theater today did not give us specific seat numbers. Maybe this is because Germans like things to be specific. Has the movie Up been released in Germany yet?
Anyhow, getting back to the movie, I liked it because it featured unlikely protagonists such as an old man and an Asian Boy Scout. Carl Fredericksen is the old man who is mourning for his beloved wife. They both shared a childhood dream of going on an adventure to South America. However, before they could realize this dream, she dies of old age. He leads a lonely life in the colorful home they used to share. His house is in the middle of a construction zone because he can't bear to move away from everything that reminded him of her. One day, an overeager Boy Scout named Russell knocks on his door and volunteers to assist Fredericksen with something so that he could earn an "Assisting the Elderly" badge. Due to certain circumstances, Fredericksen is inspired to fly away in his home to pursue his dream of going to South America. He flies away by tying many helium filled balloons to his home and floating away. Russell ends up tagging along because he stowed away on the porch. Ultimately, the two meet up with 2 other figures and of course they join forces to battle against a common villian. In the end, Fredericksen fulfills his dream and is able to let go of his old memories and baggage to move onto new adventures, as inspired by his wife's last message to him.
I liked it on many levels. First of all, it has an uplifting message. The message for me was that at some point you have to let go of whatever baggage is hindering you and move on with life to pursue new adventures.
According to the director, "Basically, the message of the film is that the real adventure of life is the relationship we have with other people, and it's so easy to lose sight of the things we have and the people that are around us until they're gone. More often than not I don't really realize how lucky I was to have known someone until they're either moved or passed away. So if you can kind of wake up a little bit and go, 'Wow, I've got some really cool stuff around me every day', then that's what the movie's about."
Also, I appreciated that the little Boy Scout character was Asian. He was even voiced by a Japanese American boy. That's pretty cool because it shows that Asians have come a long way. It's probably also due to the fact that Pixar is located in the Bay Area, Emeryville specifically and many of the animators are of Asian heritage themselves.