Thank you for all your good wishes on our anniversary last weekend. Dh & I celebrated by doing two of our favourite things: we went to a Sunday afternoon matinee, followed by dinner at a nearby steakhouse.
The movie we saw was WALL-E & we absolutely loved it. I think it is one of the best movies I've seen so far this year. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me THINK. About the environment, about rampant, mindless consumerism. About our willingness to take the easy way out & let someone else do the thinking & make hard decisions for us. About how technology (while admittedly bringing people like us bloggers together) has isolated us so much from each other that we can sit side by side, communicating to each other via screens without looking at each other & realizing what we have right within our grasp.
Let me say, however, that it is NOT a movie for kids, even though it is an animated Pixar feature & marketed to children. Older children, maybe, but I'm not sure younger children will get much out of it. The little guy behind us kept asking his mother in bewilderment, "When's it going to be funny?" & finally declared, "This isn't very funny." It WAS funny -- and sad -- and extremely touching -- but not in an obvious "ha-ha" way that a 4-year-old would grasp. There were echoes of Short Circuit, Star Wars (R2-D2), ET and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention Gilligan's Island & The Love Boat, lol.
Leave it to me to find reminders of (in)fertility & loss, even in a movie about robots. WALL-E meets up with (and falls in love with) a female robot, EVE, who has been sent to Earth to probe for signs of sustainable life that would allow humans to return to the devastated planet. She is, appropriately, shaped like an egg. Trying to impress her, WALL-E offers her a single, small green plant sprout that he discovered, as a gift. She recognizes it as the sign of life she's been programmed to find, snatches it up, opens up her belly, pops it inside & returns to her mothership, with WALL-E in hot pursuit.
When she returns to the mothership & her belly is opened up, nothing is found inside of her. Needless to say, I was in tears over this part.
But that's just a small part of the movie. Go!