AAR at the Movies: Up

pixar-up-frame1The NYT used to be my go-to site for movie reviews, but of late I find myself bored with their determined cynicism.  However, I do have to agree with Manohla Dargis’s summary of Pixar’s latest creation: Though the initial images of flight are wonderfully rendered…the movie remains bound by convention….This has become the Pixar way. Passages of glorious imagination are invariably matched by stock characters and banal story choices, as each new movie becomes another manifestation of the movie-industry divide between art and the bottom line.  Well, I’m not sure I’d totally agree with the last assertion, but I do know that the movie left me flat after a glorious beginning. […]