This year’s blockbuster season seems to have dragged on interminably already, but it’s finally starting to look (tee hee) up, with the long-awaited release of Pixar’s latest, Up, today. Their first in 3D, we’ve wondered if they’ve chosen such a vertically minded project because the form of 3D projection used tends to look better when things are moving up and down rather than horizontally; not that that would make that much difference to the quality of the film. Indeed, most of the reviews we’ve read barely mention it, with in particular NOW‘s Norm Wilner providing a deep look at the film that will disappoint anyone who was expecting some dumb fun or (at least) a break from the heartbreaking whimsy of WALL*E—”[Main character] Carl is a widower—and in a truly heartbreaking opening montage, we see how he ended up that way,” he explains. “What distinguishes Up … is the fact that it never, ever forgets that Carl’s anger and misery come from a real, raw place of bereavement and helplessness.”
It’s these human touches, of course, that make Pixar films more than just computer-generated imagery, and we’re not sure we’d have it any other way.
Just as hotly anticipated is Drag Me To Hell, Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre. To be honest, we have never been that excited—we always enjoyed the Evil Dead series’ humour rather than its scares—and the set-up displayed in the trailer just annoyed us more than anything. Yes, we know that times are tough, but even mysterious and grotesque old gypsy women should live within their means and pay off their bloody mortgage on time (though, interestingly, some reviewers have taken the opposite tack, with for example Canada.com‘s Jay Stone asking us, “Can you feel sorry for a banker who throws an old woman out on the street?”) but Eye‘s Jason Anderson says, “Drag Me to Hell mixes up the creepy and the silly to delirious and very pleasing effect,” which makes it sound far better than we expected.
Also out this week, Goodbye Solo, Let Him Be, Mothers & Daughters, Easy Virtue, and Every Little Step.
Finally, Cinematheque Ontario‘s new season continues, and as part of its Otto Preminger retrospective it includes a screening of Anatomy of a Murder this Sunday at 7 p.m.