Just see it.
I did, this afternoon, and my eyes tear up whenever I’ve thought about it since: that is, often. This isn’t movie-making; this is myth-making.

I saw it this afternoon. Six hours after the end of the show, I’m still (1) going over the details in my mind and (2) tearing up.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never cried over a movie before. But “UP” isn’t a movie; it’s a myth. Don’t think “Harry Potter”; think “Orpheus and Eurydice” or “Eros and Psyche.”

In recommending that I see it, a friend mentioned a plot element, in a way that influenced how I viewed the film. I don’t want to offer any spoilers, and the whole thing is put together with such care and narrative economy that almost anything would be a spoiler. Just see it. If afterwards you think you’ve wasted your money, tell me and I’ll send you a check.

(And yes, it’s worth seeing in 3D; I was afraid that, like so much of today’s Hollywood product, it would be “about” the special effects rather than about anything in particular. That wasn’t the case. The 3D was used to very good effect, but after the first few minutes it didn’t occur to me to think “I’m watching a 3D movie for the first time in forty years” or “What an interesting effect that was!”)

When I saw the first Godfather, I thought, “They’re going to be teaching this in film school a century from now.”

They’re going to be teaching “UP” in literature classes a thousand years from now.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com