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Up (2009)

There are elements of story, structure and general film making concepts that are universally heralded or criticized.  Conflict is good, artificial dialogue is bad.  Character development is good, cliche is bad.  And so it goes.  But there are also enumerable aspects of a film which can’t truly be judged in the same way.  Special effects come to mind as something that can at once be either terribly off-putting or the outstanding piece of the puzzle.  Similarly, an adaptation can fill seats or turn viewers off based solely on it’s faithfulness to the original material.  With Up, this dilemma presents itself in the form of sentimentality.  There’s no lack of emotional resonance here, no shortage of moments that bring a visceral response…that is, if you’re into that sort of thing. Continue reading