I finally saw Pixar's "UP" last night. Brilliant of course, like all Pixar movies. And beautiful.
However, it was REALLY sad. I mean, I'd heard it was sad, but I didn't expect to still have a feeling of melancholy when the movie was over...
Was that just me? Or were there others who ended the film less than jubilant? And if so, is that an appropriate tone for a kid's movie?
Pixar is brilliant because their films can be enjoyed by any age demographic. I will never forget the sense of awe I experienced when watching "Wall-E" and realizing that my 3-year-old charge was just as riveted to the screen as I was. Now that takes talent.
However the fact remains that the movies, technically, are kid's films. And people don't expect kids films to be sad. Perhaps a moment of tragedy in the beginning, such as when Simba looses his father, or Nemo his mother, but the sorrow of such moments are usually quickly forgotten and while they may affect the tone of the movie, rarely leave me with a lasting melancholy.
The emotion I felt at the end of "UP" was getting a little too close to the emotion I felt at the end of Titanic.
Okay, that might be an exaggeration (I was bawling at the end of Titanic), but my point is that there are few films other than those that deal with history or Shakespeare that carry that kind of emotion. And I just have to wonder if it's appropriate for a kid's film?
Or am I blowing this whole thing out of proportion?
I guess I just didn't expect to end a Pixar movie feeling depressed. Even though it was a wonderful movie and I loved it. I expect to feel happy and uplifted after Pixar. Not... sad.