Sunday, June 29, 2008

Wall*E

Number one at the box office on its opening weekend, with a take of $62.5 million. Not one bad review. Excellent animation. A story good enough to make you forget whether it's animation or live action. A sweet love story. A totally believable environmental message. Brief homages to 2001 and Star Wars.

Pixar has done it again. This studio is the closest thing Hollywood has to "can't miss".

Three personal observations - 1) you know a movie has done something really special when it causes my wife to feel sympathy for a cockroach. 2) Wall*E is heavier on the poignancy and lighter on the laugh out loud moments than any previous Pixar feature. 3) There was a moment in the movie when I was strongly reminded of the most powerful SF story I've ever read, Flowers for Algernon.

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