10 reasons why Up is the movie of 2009

2009-09-10 17:08

All the upcoming releases for the rest of the year need not bother, because we've already found the gem that's going to top our highly anticipated rundown of the best movies of the year - piece of cinema magic called Up.

1. It's a Pixar movie. Need we say more? These guys have not only made the best animated movies of the last 10 years (Toy Story, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille) they've been making the best movies of the last decade. Period.

2. It's the first ever Pixar movie in 3D.

3. 99 red balloons are for wusses. This one makes use of thousands and thousands of brilliantly multi-coloured ones. The sight of them taking off into the air will make your eyes pop.

4. Talking dogs. Talking dogs!

5. But Up also has the stuff that more discerning movie fans will love – a beautiful romance, a magical journey into the unknown, and that feeling that life doesn’t truly ever end. Although kids will love that too.

6. It made the hardened critics at the Cannes Film Festival cry. The movie opens with a gorgeously heartfelt montage that had audiences bawling into their hankies when the movie premiered earlier this year.

7. The plot is just weird. An elderly man travels to the jungle by airlifting his house away with a bunch of helium-filled balloons? Er, ok, we hear you say. But suspending your disbelief sky-high is just part of the magic of the movie.

8. The stunning music was scored by Michel Giacchino, the genius behind the music for movies as diverse as Star Trek and The Incredibles, and the iconic TV shows Lost, Alias and Fringe.

9. Ever heard of cuteness overload? Up's got it – in spades. Check out this interview with nine-year-old Jordan Nagai, who voices the character Russell in the movie. Everyone, say awwww...

10. Just look at this face.

* Up is released in South Africa on 11 September, and can be viewed in 3D at select cinemas.

Yeah, we know it's only September, but we're pretty sure we've discovered the most awe-inspiring movie of the year.

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