WALL-E and his coolerWe saw WALL-E yesterday with our parents and thoroughly enjoyed it (as well as the short that preceded it). I’ll mostly just echo the thoughts of others, but I was also impressed with how well they pulled off a main character (and love interest) who speak less than half a dozen words throughout the entire movie.

As with most movies, the science is only middling correct. One of the advantages of the stylization of the movie is that I didn’t mind because all of the science mistakes seemed less like ignorance and more like a stylistic choice. For example, the plan to clean Earth up apparently consists of crushing and piling the garbage. How that’s supposed to help, I don’t know, but it sure makes for some incredible visuals.

There’s definitely a strong environmental call-to-action in the movie, but it comes across very well. Instead of seeming patronizing or accusing, I felt like the message was that we can really do anything we set our minds to… so we’d better start thinking about the environment!

Above the visuals and the moral, the storytelling was top-notch. WALL-E and EVE are incredibly human (moreso than the humans, at least at first), so you care about them even if the implied crisis (Earth being buried under garbage) doesn’t thrill you.

I did find a late scene ironic, though. Despite the green overtones of the movie, the humans living in space have solved their garbage problems by… tossing their trash out the airlock. Not a huge advance over piling their trash into monuments.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to figure out something better by the time we get there. We’ve got less than a millenia to go, so we’d better hurry up!

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    Emily said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

    I left WallE wondering if it might have more lasting environmental impact than _An Inconvenient Truth_.

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    Will said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

    I think it’s entirely possible. In the long run, getting kids thinking about the evironment early will probably have a much bigger effect.

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