Friday, June 18, 2010
My Top Five Favorite Pixar Flicks
5. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
I recently re-watched Monsters, Inc. a few weeks ago, and had a brand new appreciation for the film. When I first watched it back in '01, I thought that the movie was cute, but the brilliance of the movie was apparent once I grew up a little more. Understanding adult issues like the energy crisis, working a real full-time job, and corporate corruption made Monsters, Inc. a deeper story, more enjoyable and impactful. Plus, watching Sully saying goodbye to Boo will consistently break anyone's heart, which makes the last shot so wonderful.
4. Up (2009)
I wasn't expecting too much from Up after seeing the initial trailers. Sure, the old man, balloons, a flying house, and a little kid seemed interesting enough, but for some reason I felt the movie was either going to be too safe or a bomb. Both assumptions were wrong thankfully. Up's story about love, life, and loss combined with messages of friendship and respect for nature created a magical experience. The talking dogs didn't hurt either. As always, Pixar knows how to tug at the heartstrings, and the montage chronicling Carl and Ellie's journey was both sad and joyful.
3. Finding Nemo (2003)
Nemo flawlessly blends humor, adventure, and family which made it one of the better movies of the early 2000s. Visually, the movie was stunning which was a little surprising since the narrative takes place almost completely under water, but leave it to Pixar to make it all work. Plus we got a great story about growing up and letting go. Let's not forget some of the great characters like Dory and Gill. Nemo was just one of those special films.
2. WALL-E (2008)
What made WALL-E so great was the way it was able to create these rich characters that didn't speak a word of any kind of distinguishable dialogue, but they were able to convey a vast array of emotions. That's truly impressive. The anti-consumerism message and the destruction of the planet were maybe a tad heavy-handed, but not too far off the mark.
1. The Incredibles (2004)
Not only is The Incredibles my all-time favorite Pixar movie, but it's one of my favorite movies period. I loved how the movie was able to take a pretty predictable genre and make it fresh all over again. The Incredibles just wasn't a nod to the old school superhero films, but it was also a commentary on what happens to people who are not allowed to be themselves and pursue what makes them happy. It's also a nice little story about the importance of the love and support of a family.