Monday, December 1, 2008

A Cinematic Pairing

These two movies would be interesting to discuss together. The first is an apocalyptic vision, with a score by Philip Glass, of life out of balance, a planet despoiled by a destructive, ant-like humanity. The second, a piece of computer animation marketed as a family film, begins with essentially the same premise. Humanity has ruined the planet, leaving only robots behind to compact the trash. There may be some small glimmer of hope, if only from the eponymous robot who yearns for connection with others and (maybe) teaches humanity to rediscover the joys of human contact.

I say maybe because I don't know how it ends. We turned it off with about half an hour to go because our middle daughter kept saying, "Is it almost over?" 

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