Tuesday, March 02, 2010

561- You Aught to Know - WALL-E - #6 (Tie)

WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, 2008, 46 points

Go ahead and say it. “WWWAAAAALLLL-EEE.” We both know you fell in love with the plucky little robot of this animated tour de force. Something bittersweet about this decade (for this lover of animation) was the fall of hand-drawn cel animation and the rise of computer animated films. Without a doubt, Pixar led the charge of the new CGI films with a never-failing formula of original, creative stories featuring likeable, heartfelt characters and unbeatable, photorealistic animation. The sci-fi WALL-E is arguably the studio’s best (I would in fact argue for Toy Story 2), chronicling the end of the earth as we know it, which sees the titular robot WALL-E organizing cubes of waste into cityscapes. Here, and in movies like Cast Away, I have seen it demonstrated that long narratives of detail and silence are absolutely riveting. If WALL-E’s opening had been extended to see him explore the desolate cities of the earth, would you have gotten bored and turned away? Of course not. It’s fascinating. The second half- about humanity in a giant spaceship colony as a parable for humanity’s apathy, laziness, and disregard for the worth of its life and its earth- shines just as brightly for me. This feast for the eyes was just as nourishing for the mind and soul as well. - Dustin Lilleskov

And, I don't know, maybe it's those puppy dog eyes, maybe it's the sequence where WALL-E cares for a comatose Eve with the same tenderness that so many people show when their spouse is unresponsive in a hospital, or maybe it's just that this is one of the first pure love stories I've seen since falling in love myself, but to me, WALL-E is one of the greatest love stories ever put on film. It's so far superior to every other film this year, I considered leaving the rest of the spots on my ballot blank. - Lucas McNelly

WALL-E captures the spirit of our decade—the moment when people stopped to notice and acknowledge the earth’s deterioration, thinking for perhaps the first time that our planet was a living organism that could be (and would someday be) killed. But the environmental slant is as distant from the film’s power as the “Buy N Large” spaceship containing what’s left of humanity is from earth. WALL-E is about love, hope, perseverance, and a trash-compacting robot who teaches the future of our species what it means to be human. - Nick Roos

This nigh unbearably cute movie almost makes me long for the days of silent film. I found great satisfaction in the irony of a Disney film portraying an irresponsible mega-corporation and couldn't stop laughing at the antics of a spunky little robot and his cockroach companion. Also I thought the list should have one animated feature. - Ryan Toppin

Next time on You Aught to Know: Drainage!

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