For a film relying so heavily on the concept of aerial suspension, it's ironic that my disbelief could be suspended only for that aspect and little else. Layman's terms, I would have liked Up more if I could have believed it. But I didn't. Here's my list of things I couldn't believe:
- Muntz has spent a whole century trying to catch a single bird. There's got to be more than one of that thing and no matter how fast it is there's always other tactics, like tracking its smell.
- Muntz luring the bird never worked because apparently it will only respond to chocolate (for some reason!) So just because he owns lots of dogs, that means he's forbidden from ever buying the thing. That's hardly the case for thousands of real-life dog owners, especially since Muntz can just tell his dogs chocolate is bad for them. And if he's never owned chocolate, how come Beta and Gamma could recognize its smell?
- Muntz has caught dozens of other fantastic, dinosaur-esque beasts, and never once considered taking one of them to America. Nobody would care about a funny South American ostrich when you have what looks like the lovechilds between an ankylosaur and a buffalo.
- Muntz has built a perfect mind-reading device capable of translating thoughts in the jungle.
- Carl not going back on his promise to Russell just because he said it the way Ellie did. Common sense would say letting Muntz have the bird wouldn't hurt it, thus keeping the promise, and Muntz specifically said he was going to bring back the bird alive.
- Even if taking Kevin would have starved her children, the heroes could have just told Muntz about this and they could track down Kevin and pick up her chicks too. Muntz would take that incentive, four birds for the price of one.
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