Dee and I went to see Up last night. We had originally planned to go see The Hangover with some friends, but no one else could make it. We figured that The Hangover would be more fun to see with a group of people, so we decided to see Up instead.
We made the right choice.
I don't care how funny The Hangover turns out to be, I know it will be nowhere near as good as Up. In fact, I'll go as far as to say that I don't think any other movie that has come out or will come out this year will even be in the same league as Up. It's easily the best movie I've seen in the past few years. I can't even remember the last movie that I liked this much.
Pixar has a history of telling great stories, but they've really outdone themselves with this one. They've created dynamic characters that you root for even when they don't make the best decisions. Because you care about these fantastic characters, you fall in love with them and you laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry - hell, you cry when they succeed. I cried like a baby and loved every second of it. Of course, the animation is fantastic but we already knew that would be the case, didn't we? It's not even much of a surprise that the story was great, but that would be selling this story short.
I won't spoil any of the movie for you, but I will say that any Hollywood movie studio that is producing a movie should run each and every one of their scripts by the writers at Pixar before anyone even thinks about touching a camera. It would be doing all of us a service.
Go see Up. I promise you'll love it.