Rod Dreher really liked Wall-E. (So did I, by the by.) Interestingly, First Son had precisely this same observation as we pulled out of the drive in:

“What I found especially interesting about this epilogue is how it showed the robots from the Axiom helping humans rebuild civilization. See, ‘Wall-E’ is not a Luddite film. It doesn’t demonize technology. It only argues that technology is properly used to help humans cultivate their true nature — that it must be subordinate to human flourishing, and help move that along. Where humanity got into trouble was allowing technology to exacerbate its own internal disorder — to alienate people from their labor, from each other, and ultimately from themselves. The film is wise enough to know that we can’t go back to a pre-technology state, so it says the best thing to do is to put technology in its proper place — which we can only do when our own souls and communities are rightly ordered.”

Via Amy.]


  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    Active Creation VS. Passive Consumption, and the proper use of technology. Sounds like my kind of film.

    What did you like about it?

  2. Anonymous says

    I just walked in the door after seeing this movie and certainly admire it, but found myself depressed that, heck, is this the best we can do? I mean, it’s getting reviews like it’s the hottest artistic creation since FAUST and to that I say, “eh”. Was it better by far than any of the slop previewed beforehand? Yes. But great? Eh.
    Feels like we’re happy when something popular and “artistic” is not egregiously insulting.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    I’d say it was a good deal better than not egregiously insulting. For one thing, I admire any film that can tell its story primarily though images. For another, the symbolism was beautiful and effortless – that is to say, not at all forced. (The New Eve, bearing the future of humanity in her “womb”… just to name one example.) For yet another, for a film to take a stand against the tide of technology engulfing the young, and to do it in such an nonpreachy fashion, is a positive godsend. I dunno so much about the reviews. I do know that it was a film that stood up for what it means to be human in a convincing and even charming fashion.

  4. Anonymous says

    You make good points. All that’s in there, and plenty more. I mean it’s blameless.But great? Maybe it was the whole cinema experience, which is pretty unusual for our fam, and definitely unsatisfying (unless you call walking into the sunlight of the mall parking lot and feeling uncannily as though we were back in the movie a kind of deja vu satisfaction). I guess I’m kind of done with movies. I find myself so aware of the machine behind them, the MESSAGE, and the sense of grand importance. Maybe it’s because I’m reading the Emma Grossman translation of DON QUIXOTE and don’t want it to end.

  5. Matthew Lickona says

    Well, I just got back from Blockbuster, and based on that experience, I can certainly understand the feeling of being done with movies. Lord, but it was depressing. But ye gods, the book world is a machine these days as well, no? Only there, there’s not the sense of grand importance, just the sense that “we have to get this across to the intended niche, or we’re dead.” Our family went to the drive in, which had its stresses – the film was sold out, and we had to park in the other film’s lot and hike in – but we had a good time.

    Great is, of course, a tricky word to throw around, and maybe time should tell.

    In the meantime, I’ll keep making up pitches for movies I’ll never write…

  6. I liked it.
    But, it’s no Ratatouille or Incredibles.

    I still think it’s heads and tails above the other animated stuff out there.

    It’s also important to remember that, within the Pixar team, there are different points of view. Brad Bird this was not. But it was good, I thought.

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