Does TWO things, actually. Goes to see two CGI movies, and adds another jewel to her already dazzling crown.
We saw WALL-E last weekend, and it was ho-hum. Sort of like the much-worse movie, Robots, in the sense that it seems to be mostly a visual idea than a story, but it's much more tolerable than Robots, at least. And much, much better than Pixar's biggest bomb in my book, the charmless Cars. WALL-E is at least charming, and at times visually breathtaking, but the first act quickly becomes utterly dull. I suppose it's hard to depict a routine life without making it dull, but this particular dullness has a real-time feeling to it which makes it all the more tedious.
Not to say it didn't have anything to offer. But nothing spectacular. I was able to sit through it, and it didn't put me to sleep, but five minutes after it was over I couldn't remember anything substantial about the movie to save my life. Which is better than, say, Cars, where I was left with a feeling of being totally and completely ripped off, but not by much. And much better than the aforementioned Robots, which used to be the WORST OF THE LOT until Cars came along to dethrone it.
I much preferred Kung Fu Panda, which I saw while on vacation a few weeks ago. Not that it was jeen-yus or anything, but it too had its visual moments and the story was stronger. I particularly liked the design of the opening sequence, a very pretty fantasy that made me hope the whole movie was going to be that way and not what it was, which is plain ol' vanilla CGI. Still it was better than WALL-E as far as story and charm goes. And I'm not that HUGE of a Jack Black fan, so that's sayin' sumfin.
My Favorite Husband chose NOT to see Kung Fu Panda, so I went with my Favorite Brother and my Favorite Adopted Brother. We had a good time without him, and all he saw was comparatively sucky movie WALL-E. His loss. Now he'll have to wait for it to come out on DVD, since while I enjoyed it for the piece of fluff it was it's really not worth paying for the privilege of seeing it again.
But wait! What's the whole jewel thing-in-the-crown, Mojo?