Saw WALL-E yesterday, which I had been looking forward to. It not only met, but exceeded my expectations.
Yes, it has the cute, Number-5-ish robot WALL-E. But it also has one of the best satires of American culture I’ve seen in a while. It’s similar in many ways to Idiocracy. Idiocracy was a flawed but enjoyable satire by Mike Judge (Office Space, Bevis & Butthead, King of the Hill) that takes current American culture to its logical conclusion.
I won’t spoil either movie by saying more, but if you haven’t seen WALL-E yet, go check it out. You might want to try a late-night showing to avoid all the talkative youngsters — unfortunately, Sarah ended up next to a little kid whose mom spent the whole movie encouraging him to ask questions and talk. Fine, developmentally, +10 points for parenting. But -50 points for movie theater etiquette.
And if you haven’t seen Idiocracy, it’s definitely worth a rental. Not a masterpiece, but entertaining and good satire.