Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Have you seen "Up?" It was my absolute favorite movie of 2009, possibly EVER! Picture this: Alan is out of town, and it's a rainy afternoon. I decide to catch a movie by myself, so I check the paper and see that "Up" is the next film playing.
I arrive at the theater, where 9,000 children and I take our seats. The opening montage begins, and within SEVEN minutes, I am WEEPING! Amazingly, none of the kids around me are affected the same way. They think the movie is fun. They look at me with concerned faces. One little girl contemplates giving me a Kleenex from her Mom's purse.
At the movie's conclusion, I blow my nose in a Kleenex (thanks, little girl!) and try to pull myself together to leave the darkened theater. When I arrive home, I describe the plot to Alan, which triggers a whole new crying jag.
I can't explain the hold this movie has on me, I can only tell you it is intense! I think it has something to do with this opening montage, expertly depicting the married life of Carl and Ellie. It touches that soft spot in me that dreams about happy marriages and growing old together. Quite simply, I love these two!
Carl meets Ellie when they are both young children and enormous fans of Charles Muntz, an adventure explorer. They vow to be friends and someday explore the world together, particularly the place made famous by Muntz, Paradise Falls. That's pretty much all we know at the beginning of the film.
Then, this montage begins, and in a little over four minutes, the shared life of Carl and Ellie is intricately revealed. Without a single spoken word, you know exactly everything about this couple and the loving relationship they share. I honestly don't think I've witnessed anything done with more perfection.
I know you've probably already seen this. But will you watch it once more with me? I guarantee you you'll be smiling (and, in my case, CRYING!) for the rest of the hour! Here it is...
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