In pursuing our most important life goals and values, we all need a push at times to keep us moving and to provide much-needed fuel to our engines. The recently released film “Up” provides this vital requirement of life in spades.
“Up” is one of the best films in years for many reasons: it has an inspiring theme, a brilliantly creative plot, a fantastically original story, and loveable, three-dimensional characters you immediately care about. It is a romance, adventure, comedy, and suspense film all integrated into one incredibly well-crafted and satisfying film. It immediately pulls you into its world and makes you care about the characters as they pursue their most cherished life values, while simultaneously moving, entertaining, and inspiring you. “Up” is an incredibly rare phenomenon in today’s sea of unoriginal, plot-less, and lackluster films.
The significance of a film like “Up” is not just its entertainment value or its provision of enjoyable escape from our occasionally challenging lives; more importantly, it provides invaluable emotional fuel to keep us charged while we pursue our most vital life goals and values. This is what great art can and should do. Unfortunately, most of today’s art (films, novels, paintings, music, etc.) don’t provide this type of fuel because they strongly lack the required elements: an inspiring theme (or any theme at all), creativity, originality, beauty, skillful craft, and the projection of life’s most important values. In today’s world, with all its problems and challenges, we are in dire need of art that can recharge our batteries and carry us forward.
Fortunately, there is still some great art out there, like “Up,” that can provide us with a much-needed spark to our lives. So, if you are in need of a little psychological kick-in-the-pants to get you going, treat yourself and your loved ones to this wonderful film (see links below to more inspiring art).
(Originally appeared on Examiner.com)