Alright, I was stoned, and we also got there eight minutes into it, which is strange because it was supposed to start at 9:50 and we got there at 9:58pm assuming there'd be previews and... there weren't. I don't know if the East Village Cinema was trying to support the whole anti-capitalism, anti-marketing message of the film, or if Pixar decided they'd pay movie houses to not run previews, but it was definitely weird for the film to not have them. I'm probably among the few people who like previews, even if they are bad and end up tricking me into seeing The Love Guru. (BTW, Mike Myers, I'm still waiting for my $12 refund)
Anyway, yes, it was good, of course it was good. Robots falling in love while convincing humanity (well, just Americans - since it seemed like though the "whole world" was up in the space station, the population in 700 years will only consist of white Americans...) to return to Earth and restore it to its natural glory is an effective plotline. And, alright, I teared up. But my problem is do we really think this movie will teach people to change their behavior? I don't consider myself an "environmentalist" but I have a relatively small carbon footprint: I don't drive and I rarely even take public transportation, I recycle everything possible, I turn all the lights in my apartment off until I can barely see and have to switch them on, and I don't leave my air conditioner running while I'm not home. These are simple things that people can do to contribute to the environmentalist effort. But do we think that Wall-E is going to pursuade people to take on these (relatively simple) tasks? I'm not convinced it will. It's difficult to avoid the lesson in the film - you're basically beaten over the head with it - but I honestly think most people will walk away from the theatre and be like, "Wow, life's going to suck in 700 years-- anyway do you wanna take a cab home?"