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Film: Up | reviews, news & interviews

Film: Up

Film: Up

Uplifting experience or simply hot air?

Animators often give their heroes superlative physical powers just because they can. Mr Fredricksen, the grumpy septuagenarian at the centre of Up, has by contrast a hearing aid, false teeth, a walker and a stairlift that's on the blink. It's a struggle for him to heave himself out of his armchair. He could betoken a bold break with movie stereotypes or simply be a sign that Hollywood, so long obsessed with the youth demographic, is finally wising up to the power of the grey dollar.

Animators often give their heroes superlative physical powers just because they can. Mr Fredricksen, the grumpy septuagenarian at the centre of Up, has by contrast a hearing aid, false teeth, a walker and a stairlift that's on the blink. It's a struggle for him to heave himself out of his armchair. He could betoken a bold break with movie stereotypes or simply be a sign that Hollywood, so long obsessed with the youth demographic, is finally wising up to the power of the grey dollar.

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