34. Up (2009)
Director: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Christopher Plummer, Pete Docter, Delroy Lindo, John Ratzenberger
No matter how much Botox people inject into themselves, or how many dollars are dumped into plastic surgery procedures, there's no escaping the truth: We're all growing old, and, eventually, there will come a time when we have to reflect upon our lives.
One can only hope that his elder-year recollections are half as pleasant as those of Up main character Carl (voiced by Ed Asner), a curmudgeon who longs for his deceased wife, Ellie. In never-ending mourning, Carl finally breaks out of his woe-is-me funk thanks to an energetic Boy Scout, with whom Carl heads into the clouds on his home, a makeshift hot air balloon designed to fulfill his beloved's dream of one day visiting Paradise Falls in a balloon.
Up is a Disney-Pixar movie, so, obviously, Carl makes it to Paradise Falls, in a touching climax that's impactful despite its predictability. Much of the credit goes to a flashback montage that's shown earlier into Up, a joyous, silent mini-movie that follows Carl's relationship with Ellie from their pre-teen years all the way through her death by illness. It's a triumph in emotionally powerful filmmaking, and more than enough to leave both older men and sensitive youngsters with damp eyes.