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EP Review: Wall-E

Wall-E

A film by Andrew Stanton

Reviewed by Ryan Nichols

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  1. Brave Space Monkey says:

    I’m sorry, but was this review recorded in the boys locker room at the local middle school? It was tiny and distant.

    Maybe its time to rethink how (where) the audio is recorded.

  2. Sullydog says:

    This was a new guest reviewer who didn’t have much experience with audio, so…cut him a little slack. The review was thoughtful and measured, and I’m not sure all of our listeners understand the work that goes into writing a recording a review.

    As to the audio quality: I did my best with it. For that part, feel free to blame me, not Ryan.

  3. Brave Space Monkey says:

    Alright! Sullydog consider yourself blamed.

    I’m not sure if the world is a better place now that we have some one to blame.

    If I read into your comment correctly, you, too weren’t please with the audio. If you don’t feel you’re posting your best podcast, that don’t post it. EP listeners expect EP level podcasts.

    Asking a reader to record his audio isn’t punishment, it just good sense.

  4. Brave Space Monkey says:

    that last line should read “re-record”

  5. Domo Arigato Roboto says:

    This is a terrible review. It’s essentially a retelling of the film’s story. Calling at an analysis of the film would be more accurate… but as a resource for someone who hasn’t seen the film — several weeks after the film, I might add — it’s a questionable resource. And yes, if the audio quality of a posting isn’t good enough, the reviewer should certainly re-record it. Ah, well. Three minutes wasted and a file deleted, I guess.

  6. Okay, that was a total movie spoiler, as opposed to a review. It had less to say about the movie, and more plot to reveal without warning. I’m lucky that I already saw the movie or I would not have been pleased.

  7. Tom Wilson says:

    As a review, this sucked, to be honest.

    To begin with, the audio was terrible. I’m sorry, but this is AUDIO-delivered content. As such, the reviewer should have made a better attempt to record this in a quiet environment and with a decent microphone. You wouldn’t bother reading a magazine that’s been run off of a blurry photocopier using dirty, brown paper. In the same way, I expect people who are producing audio content to go out and at least buy a decent headset mic, rather than use soemthing from the 99c store. (SERIOUSLY: I have a Plantronics for $40 that can stand up against anything at an FM radio station for podcast production.)

    I thought the storytelling in Wall-e was incredible. Pixar gives us more exposition in 90 seconds than some films do in 90 minutes. Even without real dialog between Eve and Wall-e, we are still completely aware of what’s going on between the two of them, and the audience knows what Wall-e is thinking with barely a word said. Other filmmakers could learn from this.

    It’s too bad Ryan omitted all that. As to what he DID say, he made several assertions that I don’t agree with.

    Early on, he asserts that the clean, sterile environment of the Axiom detracts from the gritty reality of Earth. I quite disagree. In fact, I think that it actually helps emphasize the fact that the Earth has become a bombed-out hellhole. The fact that Wall-e continually leaves dirt behind on the Axiom simply reinforces the contrast.

    Then he accuses the filmmakers of themselves attacking consumerism or even Capitalism in general. (or he just says that they clumsily didn’t say they were NOT attacking it… I’m not really sure which.) I don’t agree with that.

    In fact, I don’t think the film was even trying to judge our wasteful ways or the greed of corporate culture. Instead, I though the writers quite cleverly nailed how humanity would react in that situation.

    First, the government, faced with a crisis it couldn’t handle, asked big business to step in and take over. Big business did so, quite successfully.

    Of course, the people as a whole couldn’t be allowed to resist – anybody who studies history knows that there’d be dissenters and people who would simply make trouble. When the planet itself is in a life or death situation, little things like civil rights are a luxury. So the business/government found a way to pacify the population: a combination of drugs in the food and pervasive media presence that dulled people’s minds, controlling their thoughts and desires.

    In retrospect, it’s obvious: the people had turned in to sheep because it was the only way to keep them docile. Allowing them to think for themselves would cause the kind of revolt that would end up destroying the fragile environment of the ark-ships.

    Undoubtedly, this had happened on some of the ark-ships. Others had probably fallen to other disasters in the 700 years since leaving Earth. One thing is for certain, though: even with the drugs and the media mind-control, people were more than ready to break out of the rut they’d fallen in to and return to the Earth, ready to once again claim the world as their own.

  8. Naly-D says:

    I want a review from Sullydog! This was just a mediocre synopsis of the movie’s plot.