Monday, June 30, 2008

Wall-E




A subtle homage to Carl Sagan and the pale blue dot? Eva, the ova shaped robot, holding the seed of life and entering a vagina shaped compartment? This pixar take on the "Idiocracy" premise is full of heart, humor, intelligence, amazing imagery, character, and nods to several sci-fi movie classics. Wall-E almost bests Pixar's best film, "Toy Story." So close it doesn't even matter.

I award Wall-E 5 Pope hats.




11 comments:

SuiginChou said...

You suggested this to me at Donatos' and I was all "Pixar, BLAH" but everyone has been saying that this movie is one of the greatest they've seen in years. The thing is, from what little I've heard about the premise (i.e. where Wall-e is and how that place came to be like that) it sounds like it's going to be a tearjerker. ;_;

Daniel said...

And don't forget the subtle homages to all those wonderful Apple products:
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/wall-e-an-homage-to-mr-jobs/

The Incredibles was better than Toy Story, deal with it. That said, I really want to see Wall-E.

SuiginChou said...

The Incredibles, Dan? Really?

My top 3 are Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. I know, I know, cliché for the first two and weird for the last one. But not as weird as claiming The Incredibles is the best one of 'em all. :p

Genesis8 said...

I loved Wall-E. I'm going to see it again.

DoubtingFoo said...

A Pixar take on Idiocracy? Did they have an "Ow! My Balls!" scene?

Jay said...

If there is one thing missing from Wall-E that it could really use, it's an "Ow! My Balls!" scene.

Daniel said...

I knew most would go with Toy Story, but I didn't think The Incredibles was that much of a sleeper pick. It holds up to repeated viewings better than any other Pixar, although I haven't seen Ratatouille. Seriously? Monster's Inc.? I'd put Finding Nemo ahead of that one.

Let's agree to disagree and agree that Cars sucked hard. Of all the ones to sequalize, why? I know it was a hit, but it had the most paper thin plot of all their efforts. What could you possibly do with that?

SuiginChou said...

Probably should have made the full list to start off with. Ranked in descending order, but categorized on top of that to help you see the difference between shallow lines in the sand and giant gorges.

Greats:
- Toy Story

Very Goods:
- Toy Story 2
- Monsters Inc.

Goods:
- The Incredibles (no replay value, the most child-oriented one yet with a lot of kid humor)
- Finding Nemo (very, very dull)

Not Seens & Want To See:
- Wall-E

Bads:
- A Bug's Life

Not Seens & Don't Want To See:
- Cars
- anything else?


To put it into perspective, you ever seen or read W;t ? I would compare the movie version of W;t with Finding Nemo. Good ... but daaaaaamn dull. Not entertaining and not for the funny bone, but good food for thought and for exposing your kids to good morals.

Jay said...

Ooo, lists!

Timeless Classic:
-Toy Story

Very Good:
-Ratatouille
-Wall-e
-Incredibles

Bleh:
-Finding Nemo
-Toy Story 2
-Bug's Life
-Monster's Inc

Didn't Bother:
-Cars

SuiginChou said...

I knew I forgot at least one. Ratatouille goes on my Goods list after The Incredibles but ahead of Finding Nemo.

Mike said...

I thought I posted on here..

No Order:

Greats:

Incredibles
Finding Nemo

Good:

Monsters Inc
Wall-e

Didn't see and have no interest:

Cars
Bug's life

Didn't see and want to:

Rataouille


Haven't seen in 10+ years and can't rate:

Toy Story 1&2