‘Up’ is an animated movie by Walt Disney pictures. Pete Docter directed, ‘Up’ was released in the year 2009. The movie is highly acclaimed by the audiences as well as the critics. ‘Up’ is one of the most successful animated films of American film industry and has won several prestigious awards. This paper intends to discuss the movie, ‘Up’ and further focuses on the ageism, an integrated part of the movie.
The story revolves around 78 year old Carl Frederickson who had a dream of traveling South America. Some unfortunate incidents take place in his life, and the old man was ordered to move into a retirement home (Asner et al.). When nurses came to take Carl into the retirement home, he requested them to see his old house for the last time. Carl’s request was accepted; he went to his place but never returned.
He appeared with thousands of helium filled balloons, and his house was suddenly carried by these balloons in the sky. People were surprised to see this miracle and Carl disappeared from their eyes. He began his journey and successfully travelled to South America. His long awaited dream was fulfilled, and Carl reaches the paradise falls, a destination where he and his wife always wanted to visit.
Like other films of Pixar animation studios, ‘Up’ is a wonderful movie, and it can be interpreted differently. Kids like this movie because the funny tale of an old man, story of a young boy who accompanies Carl, as well as portrayal of some bizarre animals, however, the old man may relate the story to their own lives. The story is about an old man who is adventurous and travels to South America with the help of balloons in a different manner. The love between Carl and his wife is portrayed in a touchy manner, and it appeals the youngsters and they feel attached with this movie.
Ageing is a prominent topic in the movie that is portrayed in a very vivacious manner. Life of Carl and his wife, how they used to spend their life together, their dreams, difficulties, aspirations are portrayed in a very realistic manner. Carl is portrayed as an adventurous old man who does not hesitate from risking his life when it comes to fulfilling his dreams. He is not a quitter and finds a way even in odd situations. Carl is an inspiration for other elderly people who keep complaining instead of trying (Asner et al.).
The movie portrays ageism and describes different aspects of ageism. Ageism is not portrayed as a symbol of incompetence, weakness, and sickness, but it is portrayed as adventure, courage, inspiration and positivism. It also describes the trend and thinking of our society that does not provide the care that they deserve. In this movie also an old man was under pressure to remove and vacant his house for builders but instead of surrendering before them, he finds a unique way (Asner et al.).
The love between Carl and his wife, Ellie is also portrayed in a manner that audiences appreciate and love to see. Many critics have expressed their opinion about the same and found it very touchy. People need company of each other in their old ages and their company is required as a compulsion because usually they do not have anybody else to talk. In this movie, the old man Carl was also very sad at a point of time as his wife died, but he was deeply in love and her love kept him motivated.
All characters are fit into their roles. The role of Carl was highly appreciated by the people as well as by the critics. Music, animated scenes, graphics, portrayal of animals and natural scenes make this picture a successful and healthy entertainer (Asner et al.). The movie is a complete family movie and one can watch this movie with kids, elder members, brothers, sisters and parents. The movie does not portray anything that cannot be discussed with members of the family.
The movie is among few movies that entertain every class of audiences without catering nudity, violence and scariness. Full of comedy, emotion, positivism and adventure, ‘Up’ entertains audiences in its own style. People liked the movie and appreciated the same for its story and all other related aspects (Asner et al.). Apart from being a successful entertainer, the movie lodged a gigantic success in terms of earnings too; it pulled huge crowds in cinema houses and earned millions.
After conducting the above mentioned succinct review of the movie, ‘Up’, it can be concluded that the movie is a complete healthy entertainer. It succeeded in lodging its presence at the box office as well as in the hearts of the audiences. The movie presents an exemplary image of storytelling and takes audiences through full continuum of adventure, emotion, thrill, comedy, and action. All the above mentioned characteristics of this movie make it as one of the best and most successful movies of American film industry.
Up. Dir. Pete Docter. Asner, E., Plummer, C., Nagai, J., & Peterson, B. 2009.