Sunday, July 20, 2008

A deconstruction of the implications of lifestyle choices on the future of the world

Like the title? I just wanted to be fancy. This is really a movie review (with spoilers!).

We took Silas to see Wall E over the week end. I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I found no hidden agenda, no overt discrimination of large people. Certainly nothing to drive anyone to tears. Actually, I found the people on the axiom to be a frighteningly realistic representation of our future if we don't take action. Unfortunately the morbid obesity, bone loss, and inability to focus on anything not on a computer screen sounds like me now, not in the future. I didn't find that the movie blamed the destruction of the earth on fat people, but that the result of having to leave the earth because we trashed it was that everyone got fat. I'm sure floating around in hover chairs (I'd buy one) and eating from a cup had a little to do with it. Another way to interpret the humans is that they have regressed to an infantile state, unable to walk or feed themselves and entirely dependent on the computers to care for them. I didn't find the movie offensive in any way, other than the cost of our tickets.

Let's forget all of the drama and focus on the kids. Silas was mesmerized from the first screen shot until the credits rolled. And the first 20 minutes of the movie only included two words. *use creepy ET voice here* Waaaaalllleeeeeeeee and Eeeeeeeevvaaaaaaaa. That's it. The complete dialogue for the first part of the movie. And it was great. A wonderful love story with a touch of environmental guilt for those willing to shoulder it. But no discrimination, in my opinion.

3 comments:

Ree said...

Wow. I didn't know there was a message in Wall-e. Of course, I'm a bit past children's movies, so I miss out on all the fun. ;-)

Vanessa said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Wall-E! How can people be so determined to find a hidden agenda in everything?

Immoral Matriarch said...

Dude. Wall-e is so overrated IMO. Cute - but no The Incredibles, you know?

And *lol* @ Disney trying to pretend they're environmentally conscious while pumping out millions of paper and plastic Wall-E merchandise.

I'm such a cynic, I know. :(