Time to bring this marathon to an end... I might fall asleep half way through, but starting up Wall-E now.
Watched Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles today
Or rather I had them on while I was on the computer and hung out today. I liked Ratatouille a lot more than I remember, it's just a really compete movie and doesn't give you as many of the emotional beats of some other Pixar movies, but that isn't a bad thing necessarily. It makes it a bit lighter than a movie like Up where I don't have to deal with a guy losing his best friend/wife in the 1st ten minutes. I know the emotional aspects drive so many of the great Pixar stories, but sometimes you just want something a little lighter. Plus I love the monologue about critics
Up was just as great. Love the colors, landscapes, imagery of nature in the movie. It was also a lot funnier than I remember. The thematic elements are just so amazing in that movie. The struggles of loss, the importance of continuing on, that the adventure is as important as the destination, etc. I always held it in high regard while it wasn't one of my favorites, but it's definitely moved up a spot or two for me.
The Incredibles is just a perfect superhero movie. It's really interesting to read how difficult it was to make this movie. The huge set design, CGI technology that wasn't quite there yet, all the effects required to make a movie involving a completely human cast, with all those locations, it was really impressed considering that movie was made over a decade ago. I think it's got one of the best casts next to Toy Story for a Pixar movie as well, the family, Frozone, even the villian is thought out and developed. "Giving up" your dreams for family, finding your happiness in life as you age, the responsibilities of parenthood.
And finally, Wall-E. What else can be said about this movie? I think the Toy Story series can sum up Pixar the best.. an everyday object or thing, looked at through a new lens to tell us more about life. What if your toys were alive, and through that we learn about friendship, childhood, growing up, so many damn things. It's everything you love about Pixar movies. Telling a human story in an unexpected way.. Monsters in your closet, a fish trying to get home, whatever.
But Wall-E might just be their masterpiece in filmmaking. The first act of the movie is essentially a silent movie featuring a garbage robot. But it's funny, clever, sweet, charming, and beautifully shot and designed and the importance of protecting our environment. The second act takes you to space, where we not only see a criticism of more society's materialism, over-indulgence, and laziness, but we also build the relationship between two very different "people" in Eve and Wall-E. And then you get the AI drama of the Auto Pilot, and all of it works. You end up caring about a ******* garbage robot, man... That's special. I love Wall-E.
I used to always prefer Monsters, Inc., I still might, but Wall-E is just the best.