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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday -- Wall-E

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August 08, 2008

Movie Review Friday -- Wall-E

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Friday selections. Each week we review a film with environmentally or socially-responsible themes that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD.

Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 words or less and look for your review in the next Movie Friday!


Pixar's Wall-E depresses some viewers. I don't get that. There is something sad about an Earth that can sustain only a cockroach and a single tenacious sprout. The movie's characterization of a bloated, disengaged humanity on a perpetual luxury cruise through the stars wrenches. But it's a cartoon. A funny one. What could be more uplifting than to live at the moment in Earth's history when it's not too late to clean up our messes and at a moment when some of the planet's most brilliant artists (I'd throw Wall-E in with Cormac McCarthy's The Road) focus their talents on beautiful-though-bleak morality plays about the potential consequences of failing to creatively problem solve.

--Review by Bob Sipchen

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