June 6th, 2009

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last night, and today, and tomorrow

Last night was the lazy "wow I'm really beat from this week" night. E had a friend over for a sleepover, so they all played games and had fun while I had a glass of wine and wrote some math contest questions.

Slept in this morning while C headed off to work, then crawled out of bed and went and got doughnuts and milk for breakfast. Soon we will head out to CostCo to return a battery (purchased as part of the Battery Adventure), try to avoid buying too many other things at Costco, and go see UP (woohoo!)

After that it's home, some writing, dinner, and the evening. At some point (today, tomorrow, both), I need to do some work and pick up the office.

There's the weekend! It's very mellow and unhurried here. Which is nice.
yeff southpark

movie comment: a definite thumbs up for UP!

I went and saw UP with the kids today, and we all enjoyed it tremendously. As is always the strength with a Pixar movie, the characters were incredibly appealing and felt real (even the talking dogs). For complexity of character and pure character arc, I don't think UP was as strong as THE INCREDIBLES or TOY STORY or even WALL-E. But I will say that I laughed out loud multiple times at humor that did feel derived from character and did not consist of unrealistic smart-mouth-screenwriter lines. I especially compliment the writing for Russell, who felt like a nine-year-old kid in terms of dialogue.

I thought the script relied a little bit more on gimmicks and had a shade more preposterousness than other Pixar flicks, but of course when you're talking about dogs flying airplanes, and a lost land in South America, and floating a house around by having it tied (with string) to a bunch of balloons you're already well into the land of speculative. Some of the stunts were a little hard to believe, but again, it's a freaking floating house!

Another strength of Pixar's storytelling is how there are little things in the plot that come back later or explain things without having to explain them. Examples here are: "Squirrel!", the tennis balls on the cane, the names of the dogs, the squeaky collar, the helium tanks in the front yard, and the GPS (which was used then conveniently resolved). There's plenty more as well.

Overall, a highly enjoyable movie that I would recommend to all ages. It's the second week but the theatre was packed with families, which is a good sign that the movie will have some serious legs and keep Pixar in the movie-making business for some time to come. Which is a good thing for all concerned!