12.07.2008

MOVIE REVIEW: WALL-E


On Black Friday I bought Wall-E for $6 from Wal-mart. I had never seen it before, but I figured Luke would love it because he always loves anything made by Pixar.

If you haven't seen it, here's a quick summary:

Lonely robot left alone on a polluted Earth to clean-up the mess left by humans. The humans are all living on a big cruise ship floating through space. The human race has become fat, stupid and lazy. Everything on Earth was bought out by some Costco type store. Wall-E falls in love with another robot.... yes, robot love.

After musicals, my next favorite genre of movies is apocalyptic. I'm not kidding. I love "end of the world" type stuff - Gattaca, Soylent Green, Minority Report... I love most apocalyptic movies with the exception of Waterworld (Erik's favorite) and anything too dark. So, I actually really liked Wall-E.

The problem with Wall-E is that it is not a movie for 2 year olds, as would be Toy Story or Cars. Luke looked really puzzled the whole time and I spent a long time thinking about how much marketing revenue Disney lost out on by producing such an adult oriented animated feature.

So, anyone else seen this? What do you think? Masterpiece or just a really weird movie?

17 comments:

  1. Troy and I actually saw it in the theater for lack of a better choice of movie on a rare date night. We were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed it. Lots of adult concepts though, I agree.

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  2. I loved it. Most of my lab neighbors thoroughly enjoyed it too, except for one who thought it was "preachy." My favorite touch was the Hello Dolly clips used over and over and over again. Also, when the ship tilts sideways and all the people fall out of their hover chairs and pile up like slugs into the corner. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.
    I gives it 2 saliva soaked thumbs up.

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  3. We saw it in the theater too thinking it was going to be a somewhat entertaining movie. We had the baby with us and she slept through. I would have rather slept too. There was NO talking...other than for the few minutes on the cruise ship. I needed a little more dialogue to keep me entertained. Sorry.

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  4. Weird movie. Normally I'm all for the Pixar and Disney movies - owning nearly all of the animated ones. However this one won't be on my shelf. Abie didn't care for it much who is also a big movie fan that sits through nearly all of them - yes 2 yrs old. While I liked Wall-e and Eva, overall I found it overly "preachy." The plot was definitely for an older crowd. We were all a bit disappointed. Especially after having decided it would be our movie to spend $ on at the theatre.

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  5. We saw it too. It definitely wasn't Toy Story, but I still enjoyed it. It was a little on the boring side for me but It kept my attention and anticipation through the whole movie. I don't think 2 year olds would love it though! haha! I would say its a really weird masterpiece. My favorite are the all the fat humans who never have to leave their chair or never see whats behind their tv screen!

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  6. I tried watching it this summer while at work and I never made it past the first 10 min. I was like, "is this it?" I knew he couldn't possibly be alone the whole movie but by that time I had pretty much lost all interest in the movie. Maybe one of these days I will finish the other 95 min of it.

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  7. I just saw it this last week for the first time and thought the kids would enjoy it - was I wrong - they didn't understand it and wanted something with a bit more talking. I think they would like it later when they are older and can comprehend the "adult" content. It really is for a much older audience.

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  8. I, too, loved the movie. Although I'm less concerned about the earth eventually becoming so polluted we cannot live here as I am with the fact that we are all so super-sized that we may someday need electronic chairs/beds to get around in. Oh,wait, that has already happened-our SUV's! I just love being a CONSUMER!!!!

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  9. Loved it! But I didn't take a child to see it. I thought it had a great message! On the other hand I went into the bathroom at the theater and when the toilet flushed itself I some how felt bad...

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  10. I thought it was a brilliant movie---totally inspired. I don't have kids, and I can see how the "no talking" issue would be a deterrent for children. But as an adult, I have kind of grown out of needing dialogue to be entertaining [i.e. Nutcracker every year].

    Of course, I also subscribe to the entire green movement, and wasn't looking for child aged entertainment. So of course I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I'll watch most cartoon movies once, but Wall-E I would watch again, and I don't say that of many animated movies.

    Masterpiece.

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  11. Zach took Hayden to see it and they both loved it. I can't comment b/c I have never seen it. That's always how it goes in the Madden house...Zach and Hayden go to a movie and I stay home with the babies :).

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  12. I didn't know you loved post-Apocalyptic movies!!! So do I!!! This makes me want to take bad all those horrible things I've thought about you over the years, but since I can't take back thoughts, I guess there's no reason to worry about it.

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  13. Steve and I loved it--I actually especially loved the fact that they didn't need dialogue to keep it going--the expressions and movements of the robots was enough for me to really relate to the characters. When we saw it in the theatre, I was a little bit worried at first that it would be super political or preachy, but I thought they presented it in a way that just made you think without really pushing the point too far. I have heard, however, that it's not for little kids--but then again, it kept Steve entertained for an hour and a half, so I liked it... :) My favorite part was the "where does the spork fit in?" dilemma...clever.

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  14. Hans and I bought it while in Utah visiting Trine. Just the week before, we had watched "Hello Dolly" for his first time, so when he heard the music in Wall-
    E he was jumping around, all excited since he recognized it.
    He's watched it at least 5-6 times already and probably would have more but we lent it out to Else and Haans for a few days. So, maybe a 2 year old might not love it, but a 9 year boy sure does!
    It's a cute movie. We enjoyed it. The fat, barefoot humans are a sad thought, huh? As I go to yoga class in my bare feet, I have to be grateful I can still twist and stretch and do downdog a lot...I'm not confined to a chair all day...phew!

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  15. I thought it was good, but more of an adult movie. My kids understood a lot of it, but didn't get quite as much out of it as I did. However, they do want the movie - we'll see!

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  16. like mom said, we watched it up here in utah and I really liked it! (even if Hans watched it at LEAST once every day :) I liked the Hello Dolly clips and while I agree it's not very little toddlers, I thought it was good and entertaining, Hans obviously liked it, and while Leyna wouldn't sit and watch it she kept saying "EEEEvva" from the other room every time Wall-E did.

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  17. I didn't read your review, Sorry don't have a lot of time, but I saw this movie in theater and didn't like it that much, really boring and ending dumb. and the part about the fat people was stupid.

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