OK if you read this blog on the regular, you must think I’m made of money.
What with the amount of plays, films and gigs I go to.
Well, I’d like to clarify that the past couple of gigs have been paid for not by me, the films were on orange Wednesdays and The Lion King was my mum’s treat.
Tonight is no exception to my cheapness, me and Sib went to see Wall·e and it was paid for by collecting tokens from packets of Maltesers.
I apologise for the outburst, it’s just me, desperately seeking to scrounge the ounce of working class I have remaining in my fibre. I don’t even have a job.
But sadly when I do after the summer, you’ll have artistic reviews coming out of your ears!
Anyway, back to the review.
So this film follows the story of a robot named WALL-E who is designed to clean up a polluted Earth. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure.
If you’re anything like me, as soon as you heard about this film, saw the endless promotion of it – everywhere; you would have immediately shied away from it. Personally the idea of watching an animated film about a little robot doesn’t particularly excite me. The trailer didn’t even look that good.
Then again I think to myself that these are the people that brought us the Toy Stories, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, A Bugs Life and The Incredibles – all 5 star films in my opinion; so it can’t be that bad. I’d also read, seen and heard loads of very positive reviews, and I always put my complete faith in journalist’s opinions so ended up going along with high expectations.
However what we have here is a film which far surpasses all expectations, a film which you mustn’t worry about going along with the little ones to see, in fact you could most definitely go on your own. I heard it being referred to as a fusion of Metropolis and Robinson Crusoe, in this respect I think that’s accurate. In this film we are presented with a dystopia, a world teeming with waste, and completely deserted. The entire first third of the film has virtually no dialogue, a very brave move from Pixar. By the time we get to space, we are faced with images of obesity, consumerism and a virtually defunct human race – run almost entirely by technology.
But lets put all these important lessons aside for one minute, primarily what we have here is a straight love story. Which shouldn’t be so touching and so cute – but is! I don’t know what it is, but when kids or in this case robots, do stuff in films that normal adults would do, when they pick up on those little characteristics – it works really well! It ends up being 10x more cute and/or 10x funnier. Think E.T. if you want to envision Wall·E’s characteristics.
Another thing that I don’t get is, how they can get me to fancy this? –
Talking of nice cartoon characters I don’t know any man who doesn’t find this woman slightly alluring-
Anyway, let’s get onto the issues addressed in the film and what I learnt from them.
The film gives us a great reminder that if we continue in the way we are going, potentially, in a few hundred years the earth will be completely deserted. We are being far too wasteful. I guess we should recycle far more than we do, and go organic etc. I’m so bored of hearing all this stuff, you can’t read or watch anything nowadays without being told to recycle or not be wasteful, so this was a refreshing way of communicating this somewhat pressing issue. The idea that the earth will eventually have to be deserted seems so far removed from the truth, but hey – they are in the process of making space hotels.
This theme seen in the film can be summarized in the words of the Captain,
“I don’t want to survive. I want to live!”
Wall·E reminds us that there is a world out there that we need to experience, instead of sitting indoors watching TV, chatting to our friends online or errm…writing blogs.
This film was very anti commercialism and also didn’t seem too keen on big companies. The big company in this film was called ‘Buy n Large’, they seemed to own pretty much the whole world and the entire human race. This was seen as a mainly negative thing, it seems that it was this company that had made everyone leave earth and it was this company which was continuing to lead these people further and further down the spiral of obesity and laziness and wastefulness and relying too much on technology and not seeing the real world and being generally rubbish at life.
I especially liked the message put across when we see the moon – branded with the famous American flag, then the camera pans to another flag – an advert for a supermarket.
Fatal Flaw, but perhaps purposeful irony.
This film was anti big-company-advertising-wasteful-death-brain-eater. Isn’t that kind of what Disney is?
Well, I’ll leave that thought with you.
The film was visually awesome, funny at the right bits and poignant when it needed to be.
Predictably, the only thing really missing from the film was God. What can’t be gathered from the film is the fact that if we really want to understand our way in the world and our purpose in life, then we need to know God, and only through Christ can we understand that. Maybe that’s the real reason that so many people have become mindless consumers looking for something, but not knowing what they’re looking for. We (myself included) endlessly roam around seeking happiness in entertainment and valuables, when true happiness can only be found in our relationship with God.
But do watch it, it’s well worth using your Maltesers tokens on, or perhaps even paying for!