We decided to enjoy a night out celebrating Brown Sugar's b-day. We started out at In-n-Out Burger. For those of you outside of the California area(Nevada and Arizona now too), this joint happens to make the best burgers around. They use fresh everything and are considered the mastermind behind the drive-thru/fast food craze. All they sell is burgers, fresh fries, milkshakes, and soda. If you ever make it out here this will be one place you must try.
Anyway, we then headed over to the theater. We were all a bit skeptical about the movie. I have been as skeptical on all of the latest Pixar movies and yet walk away from the movie theater thinking "Wow, that was not at all what I was thinking it would be". Wall*e is no exception. I think Disney has a brilliant marketing plan for these movies: they entice you just a bit, make you think that it just might be worth it but leave you with a shade of doubt. Then, by the time you have spent the money, ate the popcorn, and sat through the entire movie you think to yourself how great the movie was. Better than expected.
And, after Wall*e the discussions were awesome. Maybe this is because I am kind of a "green" person. I personally think that taking dominion of the land that God has given us means that we must take care of it....not leaving it trashed for the next generation. I do not elevate the environment above the God who created it but I think that He made it fairly clear that we are to take care of it. So, I liked the whole "environmental" side of the movie. Could a children's animated movie make us think about what we are doing to God's earth? We have become a throw-away society, a consumable people that like the next greatest thing instead of living with the last greatest thing that still works just fine.
But, the greatest lesson learned in Wall*e is that man was created to take dominion...not sit on his backside enjoying the good life. The good life comes from working hard to control the area that God has given you. When we abdicate our responsibility to take dominion we are actually giving in to the prevalent sin of laziness. We become a sluggard who relies on others (or in this case computers) to entertain us, feed us, and do all of our work. Sluggards are bound to their desires. The evil one would love for us to be enslaved to the "world" around us.
On another note, this movie was too cute in the romance department also. Wall*e wants to hold the girls hand as a sign of affection. I actually teared up because I remember well how I loved to hold Eric's hand. I could only hold two of his fingers (his two middle ones) because his hands were so big. As I watched the sweet scene of the two robots finally holding hands I was thrilled to see that the producers went down this route rather than the kissing theme they could have used. It was sweet, romantic, and yet so proper for the kiddos.