By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Pixar has done it again! Who would have thought that a film about a boy scout and an elderly widower flying a house to South America with balloons would handle the issue of aging better than any film in recent memory? Well, certainly not me. I was absolutely shocked by how good the story of this film was. It opens with Carl, a man who married his childhood love in a wonderful montage of everything a marriage should be. It eventually leads to her death and Carl being alone, cranky, and unhappy in the home he and his wife shared. To escape a construction company that is trying to buy his home to build there, he ties several thousand balloons to his house and flies it to South America because that’s where he and his wife always dreamed to go. What follows are a series of heartwarming adventures where Carl meets new friends, discovers new places, and realizes that a whole new stage of his life is beginning. This is the finest film that Pixar has ever made. Don’t miss it!
Rating: 9 out of 10
This is Pixar’s best effort, even surpassing the likable “Toy Story.” We follow Carl, a widower, as he escapes the pain of losing his wife and the pending senior home he will be forced to live in by strapping a million balloons to his house and floating off to remote jungle.
This sound silly, especially when you add in a little boy who gets caught up in the adventure by being on his porch when the house lifts off, and they meet a talking dog while searching for a rare bird. This does sound ridiculous, but this film has a soul and heart that is rarely seen in any film, let alone animation.
For Carl, this is a journey he and his late wife always wanted to make, but life got in the way. Life does get in the way of our dreams, sometimes, but Carl has the guts to set off for the clouds. However, it doesn’t work out like he wants, just like life. He has to deal with this pesky dog, and a devious villain and his pack of talking dogs. Again, this all sounds silly, but it works like no other animated film before it. Along the way, though, Carl is facing down his fears. He is a boxed in person, keeping in the warm memories of his love, but keeping out the world.
Those walls break down in a story that wraps love, friendship and adventure into a fun and insightful film that will entertain adults more than kids. This is a wonderful, heartwarming story of growing up, growing old, and growing as a person.