I’ve been very interested in Wall-E, first because I love Pixar and second because I heard that the movie starts off with 45 minutes without dialog. Then I began to hear the rave reviews: that its a legit sci-fi movie despite its kiddish demographic, and that it has a chance to win the Best Picture Oscar despite its G-rating.
Then I saw this on Crunchy Con (though I stopped reading at the spoiler alert):
Took the kids to see “Wall-E” the other night. I expected a quality kid’s movie (this is Pixar, which sets the standard in these matters), and that I certainly got, though my eight year old enjoyed it much more than my four year old, I sense. What I didn’t expect, what I wouldn’t in a million years have expected, is a Pixar film that embodies a traditionalist conservative critique of modernity, one that advocates a more or less Aristotelian view of humanity and politics. Philosophically, this is one of the most subversive movies I’ve ever seen. Crunchy cons, this movie is for us.
I’m going to talk about it in detail after the jump. If you want to avoid spoilers, don’t read on. But I hope you will read on, because this movie is really, really smart, and I find myself deeply irritated (but not, alas, surprised) at the conservative viewers who see in it nothing more than “propaganda” for the environment. “Wall-E” is galaxies more sophisticated than that, and the message is one that is ultimately conservative, though the kind of conservatism I espouse in “Crunchy Cons,” not the kind dominating the mainstream today (and for that matter, if you’re the kind of liberal who likes reading this blog for positive reasons, as opposed to getting laffs from the crackhead conservatism on display, you’re going to love “Wall-E” too).