Jun 29, 2008

Wall-E and The Incredible Hulk

Wall-E and The Incredible Hulk
Garden Drive In - Hunlock Creek, PA
I grew up going to the Laurel Drive-In in Hazleton.  It's still in operation, and we still go to it from time to time, but the Garden Drive-In has two screens, so there's more of a selection to choose from.  Last night, we went to see a double feature of Pixar's latest animated feature, Wall-E, and Edward Norton starring in The Incredible Hulk.

If I'm being honest, I went mostly for Wall-E and stayed for The Incredible Hulk because it didn't cost anything extra.  Don't get me wrong, it was alright, but my fandom of comic books is a passing interest at best.  I didn't read them too often when I was growing up.  In fact, most of my experience with comics is from the 1990 Marvel Universe tradings cards.  But enough about comics for now.  We have a masterpiece to talk about.

Wall-E isn't just good - it's absolutely incredible.  If it's not the greatest animated film I have ever seen, it's definitely in the running.  I think the majority of the viewing audience will come out of this thinking that it's a grim prediction of humanity's future, with the environmental destruction of Earth and humans living their entire lives on a hoverchair in a spaceship with their faces in front of a screen.  Frankly, I thought it was an optimistic look at the future.  I'm not saying the world that humans are coming back to in Wall-E is good.  In fact, I have no doubt that this is exactly what we're doing to the planet.  I just strongly doubt that humans will still be around to sift through the garbage, and if they are, I doubt they'd be peaceful adult babies in space, but warlike animals scraping out whatever life they can.  Regardless, Wall-E is a fantastic animated film that everyone, of all ages, should see.