A story about this — 4 years ago
Is it just me, or did the writers of Wall-E borrow more than a little from Idiocracy? A dystopian future where trash is piled sky-high, a giant corporation that controls a huge percentage of people’s existence, lazy humans being coddled and marketed to death, a plot line that hinges on the resuscitation of plant life…
Or were both movies borrowing from something else?
In any case, on balance, I may not have loved this as much as I hoped to, but I still enjoyed it. Some of the gags run way too long for the level of humor they’re at, like the misfortunes of the hit TV star of the hit TV series of 2505, “Ow, My Balls!” But then there are wonderful little touches throughout that gave me a good belly laugh, like Justin Long’s cameo as an M.D. at St. God’s Memorial Hospital (the Kaiser Permanente of the future?) or the motor-head graphic design that pervades everything in law enforcement.
If nothing else excels in this movie, the special effects certainly do. Loved the Costco, the Jet-skis at the Washington Monument, and the comically terrifying descendants of today’s monster trucks.
It could have been this decade’s “Network,” but it’s just too silly to achieve that kind of greatness. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing.