Up there, that’s wonderful!

Hi, crowd in trance, Plissken here. Up there went out in theaters yesterday. For the unconscious who are still wondering if the last Pixar is worth clashing its euros, here is my verdict. Well, that I say to myself eh, you know, I say that, I say nothing! Go by car, Simone …


Crushed by the death of his wife Ellie, the old man Carl Fredricksen decides one day to plaster everything to realize their dream: to join a lost territory of Latin America, fantasized destination of their common passion for the adventure. To do so, Carl flies off with his house, connected to thousands of helium balloons. But a surprise guest will disrupt his plans: Russel, a solitary young scout who is also passionate about exploration.


How do they do it, but how do they do it? While each masterpiece is watched for the first stroke of the genius of Pixar on their next film, these gods of animation systematically return with a new pearl. After the magic kubrickienne Wall-E , including the recent DVD release reminded us its irresistible emotional power to the last drop of the final credits, Up There disarm again the fiercest cynic. For sure, one can well imagine that since its creation in 1985 and its ten feature films, the company led by John Lasseter has mastered the art of amazing crowds – “They always know how to press the right buttons to Trigger emotion “likes to remind me regularly of an embittered colleague.

But unless a flint instead of thrilling, how not to feel his throat so many times in Up There, as in the first quarter hour upsetting summarizing the life of the old Carl and dramas , Thus explaining the bitterness and selfishness of the septuagenarian? How can you not exaggerate the exhilarating adventures of an Indiana Jones, Carl and his young ball Russel, embarked in the depths of Latin America in this incredible adventure involving also an old adventurer mysteriously disappeared from Years? And how not to burst out laughing at this shower of irresistible gags, fed with references to serials or vintage SF – even the team of molosses talking via a transistor attached to their chest?

Everest animation , sunbeam toned as varied as the colors of balloons taking to the skies Carl’s house, Là-Haut makes you just happy during his 95 minutes of projection and beyond. All the while having succeeded in illuminating the eyes of your children while addressing fronts and subtlety themes as serious as death, mourning, abandonment of dreams and loneliness. As poetic as was Wall-E but staying grounded (almost …), Up is an ode to life, as generous and clear in his script in its visual adornment – the overview of the world Carl’s house is breathtaking, especially in 3D , the format in which Là-Haut was shot (a first for Pixar).

At the end of this masterpiece (the word is dropped, sorry), we laughed, wept, and became attached without reserve to this old man and that round-hearted little boy, united in their respective solitude and finally grown up by Their common destiny. Note also to end the excellent performance, in VF, of our national Aznavour, very judiciously chosen to double Ed Asner in the role of Carl. And special mention, I was going to forget, to Michael Giacchino, composer home of Disney (the soundtrack of Lost, it is him), for his violins always touching, never mièvres. Thank you Pixar!

Up (Up), by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. In cinemas since July 29th