I'm not a fan of special effects. I was the guy you heard in the theater during Forrest Gump, grumbling to my wife about the use of a blue screen to make it look like Lt. Dan had no legs.
"Act!" I would semi-yell at the screen. "Use an innovative camera angle, or something. Quit taking the easy way out!"
And, truth be told, I don't take animated flicks that seriously either. I can be entertained by them, and I can even really enjoy them. But I think of them as kid's movies first. I can't think of one animated movie that's on my Top 10 list of favorite films.
What are the chances of a computer animated film-- using new, innovative effect techniques-- ending up being a real favorite of mine, and possibly the best movie of the year?
Before seeing WALL -E, I'd have said: " Peshaw!"
After seeing WALL -E? I very well may be adding a new film to that Top 10 list.
The animated dystopian movie about the garbage robot with heart is just that damn good. And the message behind the flick--that we humans have to be better stewards of our home--isn't preachy, but subtly powerful.
WALL -E will melt your heart.