On his way back from business trip, Mr. B. watched the animated movie Up on the plane. He never had the chance to watch this in the cinema so he thought it would be a good chance to see this film by Pete Docter who also directed Monster, Inc., another animated film that Mr. B. enjoyed.
The film centers around a grumpy old man named Carl Fredricksen and an overeager Wilderness Explorer named Russell who fly to South America in his floating house suspended from helium balloons.
Not much can be said of Russell who is at once annoying but lovable. It was the story of Carl and his wife Ellie that made the film worth viewing many times (which Mr. B. did since his trip took more than 10 hours). The story of the shy, quiet Carl and the outgoing Ellie as they wed and grow old together was truly touching. Ellie passed away leaving Carl with her Adventure Book with him feeling sorry for her unfulfilled dream of having their house right beside the Paradise Falls in South America ("It's like America," Ellie said as a child. "only South.")
Towards the end of the movie, Carl finds Ellie's childhood scrapbook and discovers her mementos of her life with Carl after they were married. The last page had a final note from her thanking Carl for her adventure of marriage with him and an encouragement for him to go on his own. Mr. B. said he cried in that scene.
One fascinating thing about humans is that they stay together for a long time as mates (well, at least some of them), unlike us bears who only mate for a season. I guess sharing a life together is an adventure on its own, very much like Mr. B. and D., or even Mr. B. and me. Indeed it can be an adventure that one much learn to be thankful for everyday.
Perhaps that's what's in Mr. B.'s mind when he came back home exhausted and jet-lagged and slept the whole Sunday hugging me.
Video credit: Up from Pixar Animation Studios