Title: GCF – Film: “Wall-E”
Location: CRC Office – Wycliffe College
A community like GCF spends a lot of time talking seriously about a variety of topics. This semester alone we’ve discussed the concept of “having it all,” the connection between liberation theology and eco-theology, living a balanced life, and a multitude of other ideas that arise when we’re all together. We question, we challenge, we struggle, we laugh. These are good conversations, and are an important part of who we are.
Sometimes, however, it’s good to change it up and do something a little different together. It’s good to share the experience of a film together, like we did when we went to see Manufactured Landscapes. This week, we’ll share the experience of watching a film on our “big screen” in the office, on the couches and chairs where we can relax and get comfy.
And what a fantastic film we will watch! …Wall-E (2008) is a film that “both breathtakingly majestic and heartbreakingly intimate.” It’s about a robot, Wall-E, who is left all alone to tidy up earth after all the humans leave. His world changes dramatically with the arrival of Eve, another robot, who discovers that Wall-E inadvertantly discovered the key to the future of life on earth. Wall-E chases Eve as she leaves earth and “sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures every brought to the big screen.”
But that’s just the plot. I know, it sounds perhaps like a cheesy Pixar kids movie, but it would be terribly remiss to write it off that quickly! I scoffed at the idea of seeing this movie, but was blown away by it when I gave in. This movie received the highest reviews possible from movie critics in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Globe and Mail. Here’s just a smattering of what reviewers had to say about Wall-E, to whet your appetite:
“Once again, the Pixar wizards have pushed the animation envelope in unexpected directions and come up with a winner. Wondrously inventive, funny and poignant, WALL*E is part sci-fi adventure, part cautionary fable, part satire and part love story, which may be the best and most improbable part of all.” (Newsweek)
“The idea that a company in the business of mainstream entertainment would make something as creative, substantial and cautionary as WALL-E has to raise your hopes for humanity.” (Washington Post)
“Made with as much focus on heart as on visual quality, it’s a sheer joy.” (The Onion)
“Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, Wall-E gains strength from embracing contradictions that would destroy other films.” (L.A. Times)
I am really excited to see this film again! I hope many of you will join us.
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor
Start Time: 18:00