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.
You may find spoilers ahead. I’m not sure, I’m just writing this review. You have been warned.
I must say that after watching all Pixar movies so far, this is the saddest, darkest movie they ever did. I mean, seriously.
It all starts with this kid and his dream. Then he finds a girl with the same dream. They grow up, get married, still having the same dream. Then they decide to have kids and surround it with their dream. Then, in one scene, it seems they lose the kid to a miscarriage (and, as a side note: How the hell would you explain to your kid why that woman is crying?) Time passes, husband finally decided to take that jump forward to finally complete the dream (in not exactly the way it was dreamt) and the wife dies. And that’s like the first 15 minutes of the movie. From there, things just go downhill.
All the movie is dark ’cause the husband seems to find more trouble trying to get to the dream then getting there. For every single step forward, there are at least two back (sometimes, more.) Only in the final 20 minutes it turns to somewhat more happy tone, when husband finally decides to let his wife go and pursuit his own adventure instead.
So, there you have it. The whole movie is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. 15 minutes of introduction, 50 minutes of the saddest, darkest, unhappiest Pixar movie ever and then finally 20 minutes of something a little bit more upbeat.
I still like Pixar style and this movie is still faithful to it, although most of the time they seem to be careless about small details, like when Carl puts a piece of paper or chocolate in his jacket inside pocket and the scaling of the house near the waterfall (it may even be right, but the camera positioning makes it feel like that house suddenly got scaled a bit up.)
Personal opinion: 2 of 5 stars.