My 11-year-old brother Tom has a lol of a MSN profile, wherein he lists his favourite films as the likes of The Pink Panther II and Fantastic Mr Fox. However, a film choice he has there that I actually approve of is Up, the animation of 2009 that until today, I’d not actually seen. But you know what they say, good things come to those who wait. I’d waited long enough for Up, and it sure as hell was good enough.
As a child, Carl Fredrickson was in awe of the lost word depicted in Paradise Falls, with all its undiscovered breeds of animals and plants. In his head he painted pictures of going there, going above (or around) Mount Everest and the likes in order to get there. One day, in his play adventures, he encounters bright and bubbly Ellie, a girl who seems just as interested in the destination as he. Together, they form plans of travelling to Paradise Falls. Even though this was a childhood dream, it carries on through their adult life and through their marriage.
However, due a range of factors, (funds needing to be spent on burst tires, ailing health, etc), their plans are never realised. Eventually, Ellie dies and, in memory of her, Carl stays in their home despite pressure from nearby construction agencies to buy him out. He talks to his home, calling it Ellie, for it is his only link to his beloved wife. When he has a violent outburst and attacks somebody, the court decides it’s time to take Mohammed to the Mountain and take the house away from him.
However, on his last night, Carl decides he won’t go without a fight and, in a trick he learnt from selling balloons, he attaches thousands of balloons through the chimney of his home, taking him upwards. One thing he hadn’t fathomed, however, was that budding Scout Russell was still on his premises, and hence, he went up with him, thus beginning their adventure together.