Well, Pixar’s Up hits theatres tomorrow (or tonight at midnight in some places), and once again, the Pixar name almost seems to be overshadowing the movie itself. I’ll be honest, I still know next to nothing about the damn flick (which is probably a good thing), but the early reviews have been as ecstatic as ever. Mike Goodridge over at Screen Daily already started the inevitable Oscar buzz with his review, and it’s currently sitting at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. But wait a minute… less than 100%? For a Pixar movie? That can’t be right!
The Pixar police are out scanning reviews looking for any hint of negativity, and they’ve zeroed in on critic Armond White, who gave the movie its first thumbs down. He calls it overly sentimental, predictable, and cloying, among other things. /Film points out that White has given unfavourable reviews to plenty of critical darlings including The Wrestler, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Dark Knight, but does that make his opinion any less valid? Maybe he has unpopular taste in movies, or maybe he’s just going against the crowd to stand out, but either way, I’m glad to see an opposing point of view as long as it’s justified. I’m getting sick of hearing nothing but rave reviews for Pixar movies. While I’m looking forward to Up, sometimes it’s hard not to be cynical when you’re surrounded by so much blind faith. What do you think, does Armond White know what he’s talking about? Is Pixar overrated, or do they deserve every bit of praise they get?