We watched Wall-E the other night. I had heard nothing but wonderful or controversial things about the movie, about it’s subject matter, about the animation, so I thought it would be worth checking out. I was not jumping up and down with anticipation because I am just not all about a CGI film about robots. Vance insists that I am insane for not finding Wall-E stinking adorable, and I am still adamant that an electric box with eyes can not be cute to me, even with artificial intelligence.
I watched the movie all while caring for a sick little boy who surprisingly sat quietly with us and watched the movie. I got what I initially expected. It’s an animated movie about robots. Only it’s like Idiocracy, because the earth has become covered by mountains of trash. Apparently humans developed the technology to create robots with AI, travel through space in a cruise ship and be carried around by hover chairs, but they back tracked and couldn’t figure out what the hell to do with their trash and had forgotten how to grow crops. Go figure.
A lot of people thought this film was the brainchild of hippy environmentalists who were critical of our life style and who feared what would happen to the planet if we continued this way. It was afterall the perfect time for this movie to come out, with environmentalism, altruism, and health in, capitalism, gluttony, and greed so out, so why not make a movie with this such subject matter? There were also a lot of people who couldn’t possible see anything political or preachy about the film at all.
Ever the film pundit, let me throw something in there. Who ever said there wasn’t anything political about this movie at all is wrong, but I do believe there are a lot of people who read to far into it and didn’t even give the movie a chance. Though it’s by far not the best Disney/Pixar creation, there is something to say for the awesome animation, and unfortunately those intolerant fucks missed out on it. By the way, anyone noticed that these movies just keep getting cooler? I do.
In my opinion, these writers were trying to get a point out there. I don’t consider it an important point myself. It reminded me a lot of Ayn Rand’s Anthem, in that it’s a highly exaggerated and unlikely scenario that is mapped out. Sort of like An Inconvenient Truth. It was more like the environmentalists worst fear. Is that something to take seriously? No. The movie fared alright despite it’s preachy content. The animation and imagery was awesome, and the story was even kind of sweet. I’m still not one for Disney movies about robots and space travel. I think these are more of the dude’s animated films (like Cars), which is why I think Vance liked it so much and I found it just okay. Hey, it’s a way to drag your man to the newest Disney/Pixar creation.