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From the Blog: Apocalypse Hollywood

BY KRISTEN PETERS | JULY 24, 2009 7:15 AM

Last Wednesday I went to go see the new Harry Potter movie. I'll leave the reviewing up to our lovely Arts Editor, Rachael, but frankly, I found it lagging and lacking. It was a filler movie, of sorts, and I saw it as more of a bridge than a real movie that could hold its weight on its own. That, however, is besides the point. What is is my favorite part of any movie-going experience: The previews.

Oh, and previews in the theater are something magical. It wouldn't really matter if the clip was trying to sell me a biopic on the creator of shoelaces, I would undoubtedly lean over to the person next to me and whisper “I want to see that,” and I know you've been there, too. But there was a theme in Wednesday's previews (even if it's been a relatively popular subject in recent decades): Movies about what will happen to us and our Earth after life as we know it has decidedly ended.

Admittedly, there are a good handful of top notch movies on the apocalypse. Waterworld sheds life on an, erm, water world (and Kevin Costner does his best to keep afloat a movie that should have sunk terribly and horribly and disturbingly). Zombies are the focal point of more than enough versions of Dawn of the Dead (and Shaun of the Dead, which needs no discussion). And 2007s I am Legend highlights Will Smith's uncanny ability to consistently defeat bad guys in the midst of total world destruction (a la Men in Black), but contains an awkward amount of religion (Will Smith famously screaming “There is no God!” but retracts the statement — the zombie-like characters creating a sort of expose on what the world would be like with out any organized religion. Unfortunately, that sounds a little too settling).

But more recently, Hollywood has taken yet another stab at multiple retellings of this world sans life ideal.

WALL-E proved to be a moving and undoubtedly thoughtful picture on what will happen with we've rotted our world to absolute shit. Manhattan has been turned into a series of recyclables and meager machines have been hired, if you will, to clean up the continues formation of waste. That is, until another robot ("Eeeee-va" is the most beautiful two syllable phrase I've heard in a long, long time, thanks to this children's movie) lands on our little world to test the living situation (obviously nil). It's a satire on where we as fat and lazy human beings (although, Americans seem to be the only group of people that have made it up to live in space... a generous thought, Pixar and Disney) will be in a few hundred years if we continue to be fat and lazy (procreation is a completely different thought). WALL-E managed to make a children's movie into something very 1984-esque and required viewing for all seven to, eh, ... everyone.


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