I never really cared for the Pixar film ‘Up’.
I realize it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won 2, but re-watching it tonight I realized what is wrong: The first 11 minutes.
The beginning is completely unnecessary and a real downer from which the movie never recovers. Cut it.
You’d start with a grumpy old man, living alone. Within the first few minutes of that you would easily deduce he lost his wife, you’d also see he is in danger of losing his house, to which he is obviously attached. It’s weighty enough and covers all the information needed.
Some of the opening scenes could be cut in later as flashbacks where needed to fill in backstory.
What we don’t need is to sit through his drab little life on fast forward and the sad conclusion of his relationship with his wife. It puts a cloud over the rest of the film.
I haven’t done a true fanedit in years… but what do you guys think?