01 July 2008

"wall-e’ is a masterpiece for the ages"

by David Edelstein, as heard on NPR

The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world — assuming, like the title character, you’re still around when all the humans have taken off and have access to an old video player. Wall-E (that’s the name of the machine) is a trash compactor, the last of his kind from an age in which cleaning up garbage was mankind’s highest priority — before people threw in the towel (and broom) and apparently (no spoilers here!) rocketed away. Now, this squat, childlike robot with his pivoting goggle eyes resides in a metropolis surrounded by skyscrapers that turn out, on closer inspection, to be compressed trash bricks piled high into the soot-gray sky. The movie is a bit of a trash brick itself: Director Andrew Stanton and his Pixar collaborators have taken cultural detritus — bits and pieces from cherished film genres, pop icons, visionary sci-fi tropes, half-remembered bric-a-brac from childhood — and compacted it all into a sublime work of art.

Read the full review in and read in New York Magazine:

Then tell me that you want to go see it. I haven't yet. Really want to, though...


  1. Good flick. Like Castaway meets Micromachines with a hint of human satire.

    From a guy who likes cheap deals - if you go online to www.entertainment.com you (or at least I can with a # I have) buy AMC movie tickets for $6 (any show time) and a popcorn + drink voucher for $3. FYI.