By James Zimmerman
If we take the word Cinema at its root (from the Greek kinesis,
meaning "movement"), then pure cinema has been dying since the advent
of synchronized sound. Too many movies are simply footage of people
talking, or of a camera sitting idly by recording whatever happens to
be going on in front of it. In its purest form, perhaps film continued
to exist only in the creations of those (such as Chaplin and Hitchcock)
who first mastered their trade and came to prominence during film's
But Pixar does an admirable job of bringing audiences a delicacy for the eyes. In a style first explored in Toy Story, expanded upon in Monsters, Inc., and brought to perfection in WALL·E, the animation studio succeeds in telling a tale via visuals with its latest offering: Up.
In the first fifteen minutes of Up, we are treated to a narrative - told almost entirely without words - of love found, promises made, and decades lived in the lives of Carl and Ellie. It's
a poignant story, and the promises made and dreams lost in the
picture-perfect montage bring equal parts laughter and tears.