Defying analyst expectations, Disney/Pixar’s UP has come in first in the box office battle yet again. This time with $44.2 million barely beating out “The Hangover” and totally trouncing “The Land Of The Lost.” That brings the animated feature to $137 million domestic total.
I finally was able to see ‘UP’ myself last night. It ranks up there with the best films from Pixar. It tugs at the hearts strings, tells a simple but effective story, and is technically masterful. But it was slow in the middle, enough that my son wanted to leave early, and I felt it enough plot holes and cliche’s to fill a zeppelin.
This is not a big criticism, but ‘UP’ is certainly the most adult film of Pixar’s stable (although there might be some argument for Wall-e there). I think it’s asking a lot of kids to understand the nuances of a life of love and losses and how it affects a person.
update: just wanted to add this thought — Pixar is moving into a new area of animation story telling. Before humor was directed at kids with a wink to the parents to keep their attention. Now the story is for the parents and the humor/action is added to keep the kids attention. It makes for a very different film than classic animated features. Even from Pixar’s earlier works. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues and if it keeps producing big attendance numbers for the The Lamp.
That said, if you haven’t yet seen ‘UP’ go ahead and get to a movie theater. You’ll find yourself moved and amused as only the story masters at Pixar can do. Plus, ‘UP’ deserves another great weekend at the Box Office, don’t you think?