I admit to being a Pixar junkie, so I knew I had to see Wall-e as soon as it came out. Since I fell asleep last night at 10:30, the 12:01 AM show at our local big theater was out, so we saw the 2:00 PM along with many children and parents.
Wow!! Al Gore couldn't have done it better. Anyone who walks out of there without planning a visit to their local nursery is nuts.
When I saw all the children in the audience, I expected some noise and commotion, especially when it began with such muted tones, which looked just like our outdoors of the day. The smoke continues to blanket our world.
The little girl next to me, who was about eight, literally sat on the edge of her chair, the entire movie. The children seemed riveted, and this is an extremely moralistic tale. A diamond ring is tossed in the trash. A plant with three leaves, then, two, is the hero of the movie.
It was odd to walk out of the theater to darkened skies, and cold blowing clouds, and yet, lightning fires are natural in California. It is how many plants release their spores and it feels ominous to see such a movie and walk out into such gloom in the late-afternoon.
I give Wall-e thumbs up, and think Pixar might have worried they were taking a risk in making such a moralistic movie and yet it was well-received by children and adults. It was like the audience was stunned. This is a movie to change the world. Children were riveted and absorbed and this is the message we want them to see. I don't think many of us will be drinking through straws for awhile and a long walk through the woods and digging in the dirt will be just the ticket. I assume there won't be toys to go along with this movie. If there are, it would seem to dilute the point.
This is a movie for our times. It is literally and figuratively ground-breaking. Stay for the credits. They, too, are beautifully done.
This movie recognizes that love, happiness, survival, and joy are not about more stuff, and the stuff is killing us and our planet. It is time for change.
This is a great movie for us all to see, and I was thrilled to see so many children there with their parents. Since it is rated G, parents might have dropped their children off, but it seemed that no one did. It was a family event, and yes, I'll go for corny and say it. We are all family. After a movie like this, corny is in, and the corn grows luxurious and tall, like the corn of my childhood. After all, "I'm from Iowa, Iowa. That's where the tall corn grows."