Monday, December 28, 2009

Is Up really that good?



There has been a lot of talk that Up is a shoo-in for a Best Pic nomination. Above is the latest "Gurus chart" from the good people at Awards Daily. I saw "Up" and really didn't think it was that great. In my opinion, animated films should stay in the Best Animated Feature category, unless they are truly outstanding. The only animated film ever nominated was "Beauty and the Beast" and if "The Lion King" couldn't get the nod, then certainly "Up" shouldn't be considered. It goes without saying that "Up" is therefore a sure bet for the Animated Feature prize, but I wasn't too comfortable about this. So I decided to watch some of the other contenders in that category.

First, I checked out "Mary and Max". This claymation film had a very interesting story, so kudos to the writer. It was a bit more mature than the typical animated film, exploring topics like sex, kleptomania and psychiatry. I enjoyed it, but this one didn't beat "Up".

Next, I watched "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs". I never planned on watching this based on the premise of the film (really? food falling from the sky?), but what a wonderful surprise. The film was a delightful adventure, the way animated films should be. It had good laughs and also felt like a somewhat serious "disaster movie". Definitely liked this better than Up, so it gets my vote for Best Animated Feature.

Finally, I watched Coraline. Basically, it was a good film as can be expected from Tim Burton, but I felt a bit underwhelmed.

So, after watching "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" I don't think "Up" should win Best Animated Feature, much less get a nomination for Best Picture. I still have yet to see the critically-acclaimed "Ponyo", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Princess and the Frog, so "Up" may barely make my top 5 animated films of 2009.

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