Head to Head – WALL-E

Welcome to the latest edition of our newly revamped Head to Head feature, in which our Quickflix critics take on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week we received a shocking attack on the Pixar hit WALL-E from Kali Sekhmet. For her troubles, she received 2 tickets to the critically acclaimed Aussie film Balibo. If you would also like to win free movie tickets, send your controversial mini-reviews to us here!

Kali Sekhmet will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Kali Sekhmet – 1/5

My biggest disappointment is WALL-E. Disney’s obsessed with love stories: Kissing lions, smooching Dalmatians, the secret longings of… mice. Are men really this insecure that they need to watch a story about a dorky talking tin-can winning the heart of the sleek, beautiful girl-robot of his dreams?

Hmm, well now it’s hard to defend WALL-E without seeming insecure, but dammit I can’t sit idly by and let this modern masterpiece be slandered! WALL-E (my favourite film of 2008) is disturbing dystopian parable, a haunting study of loneliness, a thrilling space adventure, an eye-scorchingly beautiful piece of art and a simple, yet overwhelmingly effective love-story. I cried the first time I saw. And then the second time. And then again the third time. Call me insecure!

Now it’s over to you! Do you agree with Kali or Simon? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

6 Responses to “Head to Head – WALL-E”

  1. I agree with Kali. Proof is in the pudd.. took my 8yo neice & 10yo nephew..AND EVEN THEY said it was boring.

  2. Wow seriously? Are you guys robots or what? I cry every time I watch this movie, I love Wall-E so much. And it sends an important message: look after this planet, it's the only home we have!

  3. "Are men really this insecure that they need to watch a story about a dorky talking tin-can winning the heart of the sleek, beautiful girl-robot of his dreams?"Congrats! You missed the entire point of the film and you lack a soul to boot!@mumma:Your kids said it was boring because they are 8 AND 10! It's not a kid's movie just because it's animated. Clearly you also have the attention span of a 5 year old, so congrats to you too!WALL-E is the best film of 2008 and one of the best Sci-Fi films of all time. Deal with it.

  4. I'm souless? Yikes! Well I've been called worse things, so I'll forgive you ;)Seeing as you're such a sci-fi buff, Midgard, perhaps you could tell me what a "soul" actually is, so I can check to see if I've got one. You see, I'm one of those rotten atheists who don't believe we have one, so I don't mind being seen that way ;)I take it the "true" meaning of this film, that I've missed in my void, is either about looking after the planet, or about the need for closeness?There's better ways to send a message about planetary destruction than by people in floating chairs because they're too fat to walk, which is just silly.And there's many ways of human closeness other than romance, which, in all honesty, is more a guys thing than a girls. Getting the beautiful girl…IMHO, I still think the best mainstream films on loneliness are the ALIEN films. Ripley wakes up to find that her natural child is already dead and spends the rest of the next three films losing every other child she gets close to, including the alien that comes from her body. And humanity could unite to stop the aliens, but they don't, because they're too spread and and don't care about each other. That's loneliness!I don't want to be lectured by Disney, a company that employs horrible labour practices that hurt real children around the globe, and a company that causes plenty of waste and pollution themselves!Cheers to Mumma Movie, who deserves a gold medal for sitting through this film at the cinema, where there's no fast forward button ;)And Simon, did you really cry over a Disney movie? I mean, a Disney movie??? Seriously, we've got to talk about this….

  5. Ok, not sure I am that into Wall-E that I cried but surely you can see that there is more than one message in there. The movie talks about companionship, team work, mis-use of power, autonomy, the environment, fighting for what you believe in, obesity, the ignorance of the masses and the trouble we get ourselves into with blind faith. I would have thought all of these messages were important to not only children but also adults…

  6. Of all the criticisms you could bring against this film, you choose to pick on the love story? Why not the anvilicious, overly-preachy environmentalism? Why not the insane depiction that humans are so obedient that we could lose the knowledge of things like music and dancing and sex, which our very nature has compelled us to do since we began? Why not the utterly predictable adherence to the Pixar formula?Yes, I really enjoyed Wall-E, but it has some real flaws. Picking on the fact that they included a love story (which is so chaste it's barely more than a "power of friendship" story anyway) is a pretty weak way to criticise it.Personally, as a woman I appreciated the love story a lot. It's not every day you see a movie couple where the female represents power and drive, and the the male represents devotion and gentleness.

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