The day is almost here: Up arrives in theaters tomorrow, and the reviews, just like the early ones, continue to be overwhelmingly positive.
Robert Wilonsky of The Village Voice says that the trailer sells the film short:
That is not to fault the trailer, loaded with pretty pictures andpratfalls intended to woo the wee ones. But it doesn't prepare you for the emotional punch of Up's first few minutes, when it presents the most heartfelt -- the most sincere -- love story in recent memory: the love between a boy and a girl, who become a man and a woman, who become a husband and a wife, who become a widower and a memory that haunts the rest of what follows. The first 10 minutes of Up are flawless; the final 80 minutes, close enough
Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly talked about some of the artistic elements:
Michael Giacchino's gorgeous music, invoking great Max Steiner scores from the '40s and '50s, steers the story's emotional shifts with great elegance. The renderings, the color palette, the small and generous jokes, the perspective as balloons lift a whole house in the air -- all are breathtaking.
There were some differences in opinion, however, regarding the merits of seeing the film in 3-D. David Edelstein of New York Magazine urged viewers to take advantage:
By all means, see Up in its 3-D incarnation: The cliff dropsare vertiginous, and the scores of balloons -- bunched into the shape of one giant balloon -- are as pluckable as grapes. The dogfight with caninepilots would have brought a salute from the late Charles M. Schulz.
Do not see Up in 3-D. It's inessential to the tale and altogether distracting.
Our reviewer, Gerrad Hall, promises you'll be happy either way. We also have one last image update -- French Pixar-themed site Buzz & Cie has seven more stills from the film.