UP is a brilliant film. It’s funny, touching and insightful.
Carl floats off in his house to avoid being sent to live in a nursing home. He promised his late wife that they would live at Paradise Falls and he tries so hard to make that happen.
What he doesn’t see along the way is that things change. His responsibilities change. His context changes. But his outlook doesn’t.
He made a promise. He has a goal and he’s going to reach it, no matter what!
There comes a point that Carl realises that he is literally tied to his past and that it is time to let it go. By letting the house go he isn’t letting go of his love or his memories or his past. It’s just a house.
It’s not hard to see why Carl wants to keep his house. It’s full of memories of his wife whom he loved dearly.
It made me think of how much we all have problems with change, especially when it means letting go of the things that remind us most of the people and times that have been so special to us.
But things aren’t the memories. They aren’t the people or the relationships we cherrished. They are just things.
Sometimes we can only move on to a new adventure when we let them go. But that’s hard.