...every time I see Oscar predictions for Up that don't involve screenplay or Animated Feature, I cringe. Surely, surely there must be ten better movies in the running! I like the movie, I really do, but Pixar's done better (Ratatouille, Finding Nemo). I've got my Top Ten updated to the right -- alphabetical, not ranked -- and I don't think Up has ever cracked it.
I dig Animated Features (I do think they should be considered as equals in the Picture race), I liked most of the voice-acting, but the movie peaks in its opening montage. And that fucking kid! How can anybody look at this and say, "YES! That was so me as a kid!" Why should Carl sacrifice his seventy years for Toucan Sam on acid? And how old is Charles Muntz supposed to be, anyway?
*Sigh* I really did like it. Honest I did. It's heart is in the right place, but it just misses the mark.