>> Thursday, July 3, 2008
Dear Friends in Christ,
After having watched Kung Fu Panda (reviewed earlier by theaznguy) and now Wall*E and recalling many recent pro-life films, Prince Caspian, and the like, I am starting to see that God and the Gospel are still present in the theaters and that our society still has glimmers of hope within it.
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Let me just begin with my judgment on Wall*E. It was one of the most AMAZING films I have ever seen. In our curious little protagonist, we see an all-consuming sense of awe at the world around him and we even see a sense of loneliness, a loneliness dispelled by the arrival of another robot, EVE. Now, my "spoilers" end here. I don't want to ruin this movie for you. It's something you should all go watch on your own, something to meditate carefully about.
And don't just think you're out to watch some little kid's movie. Truly, the messages in Wall*E are deep enough to strike a chord in the hearts of older crowds. In fact it's really quite funny and ironic that we need robots to show us how to be human.
Beneath its well-rendered animated facade, Wall*E expertly presents a strong criticism against rampant consumerism, big government/business, environmental disregard, and the inordinate quest for leisure and ease, all of which can lead us to being imprisoned within ourselves, unable to be who we were meant to be. In contrast, Wall*E successfully shows us that it is in love, simplicity, and discipline that we are freed from such foolishness. It is in transcending ourselves and giving of ourselves for the good of others that we are free to truly live, free to dance and to dance in the vast expanse of eternity (you'll see what I mean in the movie). Indeed, this is summed in my favorite quote from the movie: "I don't want to survive! I want to live!" Kinda sounds familiar to us Catholic types doesn't it?
"... I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
How's that for Gospel Truth in a mass-media film?
Blessed be Jesus the Lord, Who is that Truth Whom I was blessed to see in this film, albeit partially.
P.S. If you've seen this cinematic gem, please comment with your thoughts!