ON LOCATION: BORAT COUNTRY

By on August 20th, 2010

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Filmplicity is currently on location/holiday in Borat Country/Kazakhstan. As I have been away sunning myself and dining on local cultural learnings for make benefit of glorious nation of Ireland… The old blog machine has suffered a bit from neglect and slight rust due to excessive sunning tans as a result of it’s being HOTTER THAN A SUNTAN IN SPACE! over here, and no exercise as a result of excessive politeness in succombing to local hospitality/much food eating.

Not to worry though, the show must go on. Since I’ve been here I’ve only managed to vidi one movie without the aid of subtitles or (as was more often the case) a lot of imagination. The film in question was one which I have seen several times but have never reviewed. Here Goes then.

2010 A DVD ODYSSEY: WALL-E
Tagline: After 700 years of doing what he was built for – he’ll discover what he’s meant for.
Dir. Andrew Stanton
★★★★★

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PLOT
WALL-E is a garbage bot, programmed to clean up after the people who made him. So, after the people who made him clear off the Earth because it has become so darn polluted, and hey, “there’s plenty of space out in space”, WALL-E just carries on with his directive because that’s what he does. Yearning for the affection he is sorely lacking he falls head over axel in love with a fem-bot called Eve and the rest is his story.

REVIEW
I don’t need to tell you how well PIXAR can tell a story, their back catalogue speaks for itself… literally. What struck me as memorable with this story is that it doesn’t rely on the script/dialogue to tell it. People respond to different things from different movies but generally we all repsond to a good story, it’s how we relate our lives to the people around us and in this case to those on the screen, and most of the time if we learn something it”s because someone else has taught us from their own experience. What WALL-E proves from his limited experience with other people/bots is that we won’t necessarily be remembered for what we say to someone, or even for what we do for/to them, but we will always be remebered for how we make those around us feel. WALL-E is a ‘feel-good’ film, not because of the funny moments or the sumptious sights along the way, which are at times breathtaking, but because it reminds us that doing good deeds for others is not only good for them aswell as for us, it feels pretty good into the bargain too.

VERDICT
WALL-E was made to serve and that’s what he does… He also takes out the trash. Not my favourite of PIXAR’s flix to watch, if I’m honest, but it has a remarkable ability to go beyond critical appeal or any kind of star rating criteria and hammer home the value of doing good deeds for others, even if it is sharing a box of popcorn in the dark of a Saturday afternoon matinee.

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8 Responses to “ON LOCATION: BORAT COUNTRY”

  1. 1 Róisín
    August 21st, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Any film that manages to bring emotion to a robot gets my vote! I have a feeling that Wall-E managed to charm even the most skeptical viewer. The film certainly has more depth then a lot of other Pixar creations, both in terms of Wall-E and the greater subject matter surrounding him. Superb choice of Wall-E illustrations for this review!

    Enjoy cultural learnings!

  2. 2 rtm
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I hope you’re wearing sun screen there Ronan! Glad to hear you’re taking some r&r, everyone definitely needs one.

    As for Wall*E, I absolutely adore this movie, but I did have trepidation whether I would even like it. “…we will always be remembered for how we make those around us feel” YES! I was so moved by this movie so much and that’s probably why I’ll always have a soft spot for it. Hence it’s in my Top 5 Animated Films.

  3. 3 Darren
    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love Wall-E. It was a great follow-up to the (in my opinion) overrated Ratatouille. I am however, an even bigger fan of Up.

  4. 4 Ronan
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    @Roisin It is amazing to think that WALL-E was so successful given that the emotional depth of its central character is conveyed primarily through the awkward movements of what is essentially a pair of binoculars. :-)

  5. 5 Ronan
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    @rtm Thanks Ruth, enjoying the break. Yesterday was 45 degrees but no I wasn’t wearing sun-block, amazingly I didn’t get burnt though.

    I only know one person who didn’t like WALL-E, the fact that there is no dialogue for the first half hour probably had something to do with it but that’s what I like about it. It is refreshingly bold and the fact that it doesn’t rely on snappy one-liners is testament to the strength of it’s characters.

  6. 6 Ronan
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    @Darren I think Ratatouille was over-rated aswell but I still enjoyed it and it managed to make CGI food appealing. I think UP is one of the strongest films made by PIXAR to date. Like all of their films it has a strong moral message and is a lot of fun to watch, an unbeatable combo.

  7. 7 Róisín
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    @Ronan Indeed. I always thought a telescope to be more poignant ;D

  8. 8 Ronan
    August 30th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    @Roisin Wall-E is the CGI version of Short Circuit, only more appealing.

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