WALL-E ***** (2008)
Disney & Pixar have collaborated on a number of classic films including the Toy Story films, The Incredibles, Cars, & Ratatouille but their newest animated feature was almost not a reality. Disney did not want to make this movie but Pixar insisted and so we have WALL-E. In the film, It is the year 2800, 792 years into the future, mankind has left our planet leaving a robot to cleaning up the earth, that robot is WALL-E (voiced by sound effects supervisor Ben Brutt). He’s a curious robot who supplies a collection of a number of items and really enjoys the classic film My Fair Lady. Then, one day while doing his daily routine, a space ship comes from nowhere unveiling another robot named EVE (voiced by Elissa Knight). They both started to like each other until EVE is taken back to the Buy N’ Large Axiom after a plant is found which could lead to the humans returning to Earth. I was in all anticipation for this because I thought WALL-E was a great character idea and from the moment, the first official trailer premiered last winter, I was hooked. It’s an incredible experience and I actually believe that it’s Pixar’s best film to date. The thing about the movie is that you really start to love WALL-E and feel for him in a way that helps the movie grow in its’ quality and makes it one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Only one other movie is better and that’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. There was never a moment in the film where I was bored or wanted to go get a refill or go to the bathroom, I love every second of this movie. I’m telling you, you will have a good time with this movie. Plus, get there early to see the best Pixar short since last year’s Lifted. Turn-of-the-century magician, Presto DiGiotagione, is famous for a hat trick. Presto’s apprentice, a rabbit named Alec, is unhappy that he is locked in a birdcage with a carrot out of reach. The movie reminds me oh so much of a classic Warner Bros. cartoon because of the animation and the goofball jokes that happen in the film. I’ve gotta to say it’s definitely worth getting there early.
WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS ** (2010)
The film is set 23 years after the first film, Wall Street, in June 2008, and Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) has been out of prison for seven years. Despite his initial attempts to warn Wall Street of the forthcoming economic downturn and stock market crash, no one in the financial world believes him due to his conviction for financial crimes. Gekko decides to re-focus his attention on rebuilding his relationship with his estranged daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan). Their time apart, and the fact that she blames Gekko for her brother Rudy’s suicide, means Winnie avoids any contact with him. At the same time, the mentor of young Wall Street trader Jacob (Shia LeBeouf) unexpectedly dies, and Jacob suspects his hedge fund manager of being involved in the death. Jacob, Winnie’s fiancé, seeks revenge and agrees to Gekko’s offer of help, in return for which Jacob agrees to help Gekko win Winnie. All of the performances in the film are excellent especially Michael Douglas as his signature character, Gordon Gekko and Shia LeBeouf as Jacob, possibly his best performance that I’ve seen him in. It’s nice to see him in a movie without $100 million worth of special effects. Josh Brolin does a great job as Jacob’s enemy, Bretton James and Carey Mulligan is really great as Winnie, Gordon’s daughter. Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon deliver solid performances in the brief parts that they are in throughout the film. That’s all I can really say that I liked about the film. Everything else is just bland and meh. The story is okay but there are parts of the story that are unnecessary like Eli Wallach’s character, who constantly makes bird noises and it gets really annoying when he doesn’t stop doing that. Also, I hate whenever something bad happens to one of the characters, something good happens afterwards. Like, there are two separate scenes where Jacob has a conflict that ends with something good happening. First, when Lewis Zabel, Jacob’s mentor, dies, what happens afterwards, he asks Winnie to marry him. That didn’t bother me. Second time, all hell breaks loose on Wall Street and what happens, Winnie tells Jacob she’s pregnant. That got me annoyed. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t buy into that and I thought it was annoying as hell. It’s like saying that my father is dead but hey, I just got a huge promotion at work. It’s sounds weird. Bottom line, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a disappointment but it has really great performances.