Sunday, December 27, 2009

Movie with the family, and now home

We're home now. It's just as well that I didn't go out shopping as the roads were getting pretty bad by the time we would have been leaving for home. Not that I could've gone shopping even if the roads were good; my hip is still in quite a lot of pain. One thing that has been helping is to keep my hip warm. We have a fantastic electric blanket and I've kept that wrapped around my hips while watching tv. My hip still aches but it's not quite as bad as it was this morning, or yesterday.

Before we left Ian's parent's house, we watched Up with them. We hadn't seen it in the theatres because the trailers didn't make the movie look all that interesting. It made the movie look cute (what with the talking dog and all), but for me, cute in a movie is not enough to make it interesting. Then when people started to see the movie, we found out that it was sad, which didn't make sense in the context of the trailer.

It turns out that Up is a fantastic movie. Neither the trailer nor the fact that it's sad is the whole movie, really. For the record, the guy does fly his house away using balloons, and there are talking dogs, and it is sad.

In fact, there is something terribly sad in this movie: the old guy who flies his house away has just lost his wife. He's reeling not just from her death but also from the dreams they had that were never realized and that have been lost. Ultimately, he comes to realize that she did live her dreams and that he can still live his own life. In between all that there there are adventures (including the flying house), talking dogs, a lonely kid trying to get his last badge, many laughs, and some tears.

If you haven't seen Up yet, it's definitely worth renting. I've heard that kids do like it (the talking dogs make up for a lot, for them), so you can probably enjoy it with them... but I think it would be so much better to see it with adult friends. There are some good extras on the BluRay that we rented, including a story about how the location work was done and some different endings. They're well worth watching also.

1 comment:

Greg said...

I loved Up. One of the best movies of 2009, as far as I'm concerned.