Was it a case of heightened anticipation that left us feeling disappointed with this 3D movie?
Were we led to expect the impossible by the 98% ratings?
Or was the movie Up just OK.
Who can say for sure.
But one thing’s for certain.
Never again, folks.
Never again will we be swayed by the ratings on a stupid rotten tomato or potato web site.
What do those schmucks know.
After a long spell, we saw a 3D movie and we felt shortchanged.
Now, don’t get us wrong.
We will even grant that Up’s story, while not completely engaging, at least holds your attention for the first two-third of the movie.
The story in a nutshell is that of the old widower Fredrickson going off on a long-anticipated adventure trip to Paradise Falls in South America.
A trip that had been planned by his late dear wife Ellie but was never done when she was alive because mundane day-to-day concerns kept eating into their savings.
But more than the story itself what left us most disappointed was the 3D aspect of the movie.
When you wear those 3D glasses, you tend to expect a lot.
You know, some nice, clever little tricks that make you go Wow.
Alas, there is no Wow element in this movie.
Once we donned our 3D glasses our expectations rose into the stratosphere but as the widower Fredrickson’s house pulled by the balloons climbed high into the clouds and then drifted south, our pleasure in the movie too drifted south.
We don’t know about you but for $8.50 (matinee ticket prices for a 3D movie), we expect a lot more.
Hold on, Now
What we’re describing here is our experience of the movie, one seen through adult ‘been there, done that, seen it all‘ eyes.
Maybe, kids will perceive a magic in the movie that eluded us.
If you’ve some snivelling lil’ brats, why not take them to Up and see if Russell the young wilderness explorer, Kevin the bird and Dug the dog can keep them engrossed for 90 minutes.