Wall-E

Brant at Letters from Kamp Krusty, has an eye opening post on Wall-E. Well, at least it was eye opening for me, and judging from the comments it was for others as well. Here's his take:

Wall-E is not about pollution. It's about sexuality. And not just any kind.

Unmistakably. From start to finish. I'm not kidding.

Watch it, and you'll see it. ... It is very specifically, and very obviously, about heterosexuality.


Now, the eye opening bit isn't the sex part. His point is that it's about gender, not about sex. It's about a plane old guy (Wall-E) and his self sacrificing love for his girl (Eve) and what that love does to change man kind. It's the message of the Bible (Mark 12, which I just read, specifically) that love trumps all. Love sacrifices, love trusts, love doesn't fail.

That's not just the coincidental message of the movie, it's the deliberate message. Christianity Today interviewed the writer and director, Andrew Stanton, and he said so:

The greatest commandment is to love one another, and to me, that's the ultimate purpose of living. So that was the perfect goal for the loneliest robot on earth, to learn the greatest commandment, to learn to love.

Go read the whole interview, it'll restore a little of your faith in Hollywood.

The eye opening bit was that this Christian message is so plain as day and when I saw the movie, I completely missed it. What I saw was the message that wasn't there, that I assumed was intended but wasn't at all. The left leaning environmental message. Humans are selfish, evil polluters. Wall-E is left on Earth to clean up the mess that we made of it. The humans split and are living in space on a giant ship, and have been for 700 years.

I know what you're saying, he's from Hollywood, surely he snuck that in too, right? CT asked him about the seeming commentary on our selfishness and lack of concern for the environment. His response (emphasis mine):

That's your interpretation, but that's not where I was coming from. I certainly see the parallels, but honestly, all those factors came from very different places. All my choices in the film came from what I needed to amplify the main point, which was the love story between these robots. The theme that I was trying to tap into was that irrational love defeats life's programming—that it takes a random act of loving kindness to kick us out of our routines and habit.

"Irrational love defeats life's programming" - I love that line. Isn't that why Jesus came?

So I saw the environmental put down and missed God. How often does that happen? We assume we know what people are about and completely miss the truth. Only later do we see the opportunity missed.

Now I need to go see the movie again.

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Been away for awhile. Lots of posts to catch up on.

We saw Wall-E on Sunday. I liked it but thought it was about the trash too and becoming decadent. Thought it was another morality push by hollywood. I like your version better. Thanks for the post.

Good to hear from you, I wondered where you've been.

Cool thing is that it's the writer's version too.



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