I’m happy to report that there’s finally a movie coming to theater near you that contains a story line that portrays infertiles as endearing, not selfish … sweet, not reviled or pitied.
Time magazine says the movie, Up, will prove to be one of the most satisfying movie experiences of the year. Hallelujah! It’s about freakin‘ time. Hollywood has some serious making up to do for consistently negative story lines about my people. Time‘s Richard Corliss writes:
“Spanning two continents and seven decades, Up begins in a 1930smovie theater. A newsreel tells us that famous explorer Charles Muntz (voiced by Christopher Plummer) is just back from South America’s remote Paradise Falls with the bones of a prehistoric bird. Denounced as a fraud by archaeologists, Muntz vows to retrieve a member of the species and bring it back alive. In the audience, wearing aviator goggles atop his thick-rimmed specs, is young Carl Fredricksen, who is enthralled by Muntz’s motto, ‘There’s adventure out there!’
“On the way home, Carl finds a kindred spirit: a girl named Ellie, as vivacious as he is stolid, who harbors the same dream of visiting Paradise Falls. It’s love at first sight, and in a tender montage, Up shows us their life together: the wedding, the fixing up of their home,the quiet walks, their respective jobs at the local zoo (she tending the animals, he selling balloons), their eager preparations for a child they later learn they can’t have, their need to defer the big trip to pay for home improvements, then her slowing pace and death. This series of vignettes is played without dialogue and underscored by Michael Giacchino’s wistful waltz. It’s the sweetest, saddest 4 1⁄2 minutes you’ll ever see on film.”
I haven’t seen the movie yet as it hasn’t opened, but I know the story line well. We infertile couples today live a parallel, updated version not in animated form. We experience love at first sight and fix up our homes, take quiet walks, work at respective jobs, and … make eager preparations for a child we learn we can’t have …
It’s sad and it’s sweet, and yes, like Ellie and Carl we are devoted to each other.
We’re now at the point in our lives when we treasure our time together. We remain young in heart and mind, still madly in love. We’re not delaying our visit to our comparable Paradise Falls. Travel and exploring is something we do as often as we can. This past weekend we dropped the top on our convertible and headed down Hwy 1. We cavorted on the beach in Carmel watching the waves from the Pacific Ocean crash on the beach. We visited a lovely little winery in Carmel Valley and, later in the evening, curled up entwined in each other’s arms to watch one of our favorite series before giggling like a couple of overtired kids in bed.
Next weekend, we’re kicking off summer with a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains and a barbecue next to Lake Tahoe…and that’s just the beginning of a long series of adventures we’re planning together.
Thank you, in advance, Pixar. I think I’m gonna like looking Up for a change.