Saturday, June 28, 2008

John Lasseter is a Frickin' GENIUS

We just came home from seeing Wall-E. And I have one word: Wow-EE. Seriously, this is a MUST-SEE movie. It is a movie for your children. It is not a childrens' movie. The message of the movie, which is ultimately one of hope, isn't for us as parents, or grandparents. It is for the next generation. The message has already fallen on deaf ears. It is too late for us. We've squandered our resources, too set in our ways. But it is not too late to reach our children. And they? Will heed the warning.

At the risk of giving too much away Which I won't do, because I hate when I read a review that tells me the whole story...

all I will tell you is that Wall-E is a masterpiece. A magical tour-de-force that sings of promise for a new day. I know, I am waxing poetic and sounding schmaltzy. But? It's that good. Truly. With this movie, John Lasseter has catapulted Pixar to dizzying new heights. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) this movies makes no missteps. The pacing is great, I never once looked at my watch or thought about going to the bathroom. I was mesmerized all the way through. This is the movie your grandchildren will watch. A Snow White for the 21st Century.

I thought it was a coup to make us care about rodents. But no, that was nothing. Now? Now we cry over hunks of metal. and cockroaches?? Inanimate objects, with no life in them at all. Well, not life as we define it... Pixar's strength has always been in its story. John Lasseter calls it "The Rules"

From Variety:
"To make these films work, you have to do three things," Lasseter asserts: "Tell a compelling story with humor and heart that keeps people wondering what will happen next. "Secondly, populate it with memorable characters. If audiences invest in your main character, they'll travel that character's journey. Even the bad guys have to be likable, because you're asking audiences to spend the equivalent of a nice long lunch with them. "Finally, put the story and characters into a believable world."

Pixar nailed it. I cried. I am not ashamed to admit it, dear readers. And not the "oh isn't it sweet" soft cry, either. I cried the Ugly Cry. The one that comes when you are profoundly moved. I couldn't speak. And finally? I simply said, "Wow."

GO see it. Right now. Sleep your computer and head to the movies. Then come back and tell me what you thought. I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars. And I am not easy to please. Oh, and my kids loved it, too!

T, who wants to see it again

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ThatGirl said...

Thanks for coming to my "what drink is your blog" post, here I am and I'm blogrolling you... we are going to see this movie on Weds night so I am glad to read such a great review!

TLC said...

thatgirl: very cool, you will have to tell me what you think of the movie!

T.

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