Monday, June 30, 2008
The Great Wall Indeed.
Posted by Courtney Small
I loved every minute of this film. First off, I thought the Presto short was fantastic. I was laughing so much that there was a moment when I started to wonder if "Wall-E" would be able live up to its opening act. Yet after a few minutes into the main feature, it was pretty clear that Presto had nothing on Wall-E. The detail in the animation was simply amazing. Sure Wall-E looks like Johnny 5’s younger brother, but the emotion that he conveyed with only the slightest of movements was captivating. While I would have liked to see the human characters a little more refined it; their look effectively showed the effects of rapid advancements in technology and consumerism. I also loved how the film was a throwback to Buster Keaton films and old-time movie love stories. I did not find Wall-E and Eva’s relationship to be cloying at all. In fact, this is one of the few films in recent years, similar to Brokeback Mountain, were I thought they actually got the love story right. Obviously it is no where near Ang Lee’s level of work, yet it was perfect for this genre of film. I also enjoyed that the whole dystopian future was merely a catalyst for the love story. While they do make references to taking better care of the earth, it was always secondary to Wall-E and Eva’s story. I will definitely be seeing "Wall-E" again theaters. So far its one of the year's best films.
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