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I went to see WALL-E earlier this week (Yes, I know it's supposed to be a dot and not a dash. Call it a hardware limitation.)

I wasn't in a big hurry to see this movie. The sense of urgency that I felt for Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, The Dark Knight, etc this summer so far, just wasn't there. It was more like "oh look, WALL-E is playing. Well, I've seen everything else TWICE, so why not?"

My daughters are in from Atlanta for most of the summer, so we're seeing a lot of movies. They wanted to see WALL-E. So we went to see WALL-E.

Anyway, lest I bore you with seemingly irrelevant personal details...  my review.

It's a good movie. It's Pixar, so you know the production quality is first rate. It has funny moments. It has, umm... endearing moments. It's cute. Lots of cute. There are some pretty clever aspects of it, including how fat and decadent the human race has become. How we trashed an entire planet (literally) because we apparently never learned to recycle. How Corporate Big Box America is destroying our planet (yes, we're talking to you WalMart...)

The message is loud and clear, but it never becomes heavy handed or overbearing. Even to the adults. Ok, let's face it, none of this crap matters a bit to the kids... (and some adults) to them it's just a funny love story about two robots. If you're paying attention, yes there's a point to be made, semi-preachy but smothered in enough cute to make it easy to swallow.

If you're like me though, it's fairly easy to ignore the message and enjoy the movie. Like I said, it's funny. It's quirky, with interesting characters. Even the robots are decidedly non-Robotic, including the very OCD cleaning robot. (In my opinion, he's the funniest character in the movie.)  WALL-E represents a rather pathetic figure, hanging out with a lone cockroach until EVE shows up.

Yes, there's one cockroach on an entire planet covered in junk and waste. Talk about missed potential for comic relief. There should be BILLIONS of TRILLIONS of those nasty little bugs. Sorry, I digress.

Anyway, things start to get a bit more interesting once the movie gets to space. Everything is clean and polished and pretty. Except for the people of course.

I don't want to talk too much about the later story for fear of ruining any surprises, so I'll give one final gripe and then wrap it up.  The trailer is a lie.  So many movie trailers these days show stuff that's not in the movie. Kung-Fu Panda did it, and WALL-E is no exception. I really really hate this. HATE IT!! It makes me nuts.

ok, sorry about that.

Anyway, my final verdict is this:  Go see it. It's cute and if you have kids you probably won't have a choice anyway. Posted on Friday, July 4, 2008 9:21 AM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top


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Only one cockroach, but at least no spiders :)
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