Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bundle of balloons

Up there

The old fascinate me. Perhaps that's among the reasons why, apart from other people's nudging, I watched Up, a Disney-Pixar animation about a man rediscovering the joy of adventure and fulfilling his childhood promises even in his old age.

I love the storyline and the way it's told. The characters act like genuine people; the events are almost true-to-life. Never mind the fact that a bundle of balloons can defy gravity and lift an entire house up. Or that a boy can stay far too long from his house without getting an angry call from his parents. Or that an old man can walk for miles without breaking his knees.

It's Up's story the captivated me—its depth, color, and ultimately its message. Live your dreams. Remember the ones you love. Fulfill your promises—don't hesitate to make new ones.

This is what makes Pixar great—the movies it makes can be enjoyed by both young and old, but at different levels of interpretation.

There are films that move me for reasons I can't fully explain: this is one of them. Whenever I see balloons, I see an old house flying with it, and an old man who did not forget to live his dreams.

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