Pixar movies are amazing. That statement is agreed upon by nearly everyone I have met. Thus, I always look forward to the next film that they put out and long to see them as soon as possible. When previews and information for Up first came out, I was a bit skeptical. A movie about a house flying with balloons? What kind of plot is that? However, the story made me cry, laugh, and think of dogs in a whole different light. The deep messages about hope and grief make it a wonderful recovery-oriented movie to review on Media Monday.
Synopsis: Carl is an elderly man who lived a full life despite his quiet nature. However, his dreams of exploring with his deceased wife never happened. Before being forced into a elderly home, he decides to escape in his house. A young boyscout named Russel who longs for a close father, quirky bird named Kevin, and affectionate talking dog named Dug join Carl on his journey through grief into love.
Recovery Pluses: Not many movies show true love and loss in such a poignant yet simple way like Up does in just a few moments. Romance is glamorized in the media. However, this movie shows the importance of deep relationships. They are painful, fraught with uncertainty, and break our hearts. However, this type of commitment and care also brings beauty, adventure, laughter, and the ability to feel. Often, we run away from deep love because of fear and insecurity. Up shows how deep agony comes when we open up our hearts to others but also reminds us that it is worth it.
Another very poignant message in this movie is that grieving does not last forever. Carl is able to find healing from his depression and the loss of his wife. That does not erase his love of her, however. Instead, he keeps her memory alive while allowing joy back into his spirit.
Many other elements of this movie can also be applied to the recovery process. For example, Russel and Carl realize the importance of strong family bonds. This might not always come from our biological parents, but everyone needs close relationships of this kind. This is just one of the few great messages in Up. I am sure that you list numerous other touching and helpful elements within the film.
Cautions: Up has some extremely sobering themes as well as frightening moments despite being an animated film. People die, Carl hit someone with his walker, dogs attack each other, and other such moments make this movie a bit scary for youth. Otherwise, families with older children can watch it with no worries.
Whenever anyone mentions Up, people seem to react with sighs, teary eyes, and exclamations of joy. Something about this movie touched the hearts of many. If you have not taken the time to watch this Pixar film, I encourage you to do so with a box of tissues at your side. Few movies have been as truthful about the agony of love, death, and growing up. The more I write about this movie, the more I want to watch it right now. Love is indeed painful, but it is also so beautiful.
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