I changed from District 9 to Up. It wasn't a great year for films. Originally I was excited over how novel District 9 felt, but the themes are way too accessible and the film has no strands which spread out and leave you wondering about the things left unsaid. By the third viewing, you feel everything is on the platter. It's like if you do comparison criticism, one compares to something else, but it feels like it has to be based on how well someone knows about other societal issues which blend well with the film, but knowing that doesn't help you see deeper into the film. It's more about how well you know the comparison subject.
Why I chose Up? The enjoyability continued to rise for me in later viewings. When you watch the film and notice it doesn't fully take hold of an awesome structure like Wall E, it feels underwhelming. My relationship is that in later viewings I got to enjoy the small intangibles of the story more. This is an awkward comparison, but Mayazaki's My Neighbor Totoro felt perfect to be understood as a classic because it was made early in his career and was in line with his professional development. If he made the film now, it would still be great, but its greatness would be harder to see since it initially would feel more simplistic than his other movies. Up felt too simplistic initially, but I watch it now and I marvel at how well it does every little thing. There is no wrong step in the movie.