Jun 29 2008
Our big family event for the day was to all go to see Pixar’s new movie WALLâ€¢E, and sad to say we came away none too impressed. Â We love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and animation of all forms. Â I own a lot of animated movies which I love to watch. And we can usually tolerate or look past liberal platitudes in movies and simply enjoy the story line. Â But not with WALLâ€¢E. The main robot characters are good (EVE’s mega-gun is hilarious), and there are great comic moments.
But in the end the story is just too much a liberal elitist fantasy to enjoy. Â It is incredibly insulting to mankind in general, human achievement, human sacrifice and human determination to name a few specifics. For those who don’t want to have the movie ruined stop reading here.
(Click the image above to see a truly prescient post on the movie). The opening scene is ludicrous. Piles of trash and garbage higher than most skyscrapers, sometimes consuming the buildings. Supposedly one small ship leaves Earth so mankind can hide out in space while robots clean up the mess – which after 700 years is still not done when we check in on the cute and likable WALLâ€¢E.
From this Al Gore fantasy Earth it goes downhill as we find humanity fat, dumb and oblivious on the one ship they had to leave on. And I mean literally fat and dumb. Happy to live in floating lounge chairs from conception to death, and have every need handed to them by robots, humanity as lost the gift of mobility and reading and education. It is a childishly lame view of humanity, assuming we would trash our world and then grow fat waiting for robots to clean it up.
It is a dark and ugly view of humanity that leaves everyone with more than two IQ points to rub together cold. The movie is the Ford Edsel of entertainment. It is too bad, it had the makings of something enjoyable. But when you walk out and find a devastated world that has to be put back together by fat, lazy humans it is just not a happy ending (or beginning, or middle). WALLâ€¢E is a real downer when you think about it.