I had money in my weekly budget left over, so we ate popcorn and drank Diet Pepsi (a lunch-ish supplement to the cheese and crackers they ate while I was loading up my car after VBS), and I even gave Amanda $3.50 to buy Dippin' Dots from the vending machine, thus ending her ability to moan, "I've never ever even had Dippin' Dots."
I don't like to give too much of a plot synopsis, because of my own weird quirk of liking to be as "fresh" (ignorant) as possible going into a movie so as to really experience the magic (for more plot, check out these two reviews), but there was a great story with a little heart-thumping excitement as well as some thought-provoking themes: two robots who cared for each other in a self-sacrificing way as they truly learned to love; what could happen to our earth if we continue to buy "Big N Large" and consume and throw away; what our responsibilities to our earth are; and even a bit of a hint at what our plugged-in lives might be leading to. None of these themes were heavy-handed or preachy, but their inclusion turned a cute, fun, well-animated kids' movie into a film worth watching.
There are some games on the official WALL-E site that I plan on letting Kyle check out to extend the magic.
Was it worth the $35 that I shelled out (and even had I not splurged on snacks--$21 for admission)? That's steep, and I try to remain ignorant about that element as well by just not thinking about it after I've paid up. All I know is that we did have a great afternoon that we all enjoyed. Pixar movies are by far my favorites, and this one didn't disappoint. Kyle (4) loved it, and sat through the entire 97 minutes without wanting to leave or go to the bathroom or asking when it was over. Amanda (9) said it was good, but since she wasn't quite as captivated by the deeper themes as I was, and wasn't quite as impressed with the cute robots as Kyle was, her review was "It was okay."
One of my favorite features at 5 Minutes for Books is Books on Screen where we will be looking at book adaptations on the big and small screen each Thursday. I gave my thoughts on Curious George this week, and last week Melissa reviewed Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (which is on our list to see as well).