It’s award season and critics are going nuts announcing their lists of the best movies of the year and for the most part they are all the same. But looking through the results one of them stuck out more than any other.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named the Pixar movie Wall-E as the best movie of the year. This is the first time that this group has selected an animated film for this honor and they couldn’t have picked a better film for it.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you aboslutely must. Out of all the movies I’ve seen this year, and I’ve seen a lot, Wall-E has been one of the movies that has stayed with me the most. It’s message is one not only for the kids but for those of us who are wasting what is left of our resources. It’s about sustaintability, it’s about greed and mass-marketing, it’s about making a change for the better.

I remember when I saw the movie with my 8 year old nephew this summer, we had a nice chat “the funny movie about a robot” and I realized that we had both taken different things away from it. But it opened up a great dialogue and allowed both of us to talk about what it means to recycle, why people should recycle and what could happen if we don’t. I could tell that our talk got his wheels turning, which for anyone that knows him, means they kept turning all week. For the next couple of days he asked me question after question about the things we had talked about and I couldn’t believe that so much of it was coming from such an enjoyable (and very un-Al Gorish) film.

Having not seen other critics favs like Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk, I’m happy to agree with the LA Film Critics about their choice of Wall-E.

Now if the movie theatres in Alberta themselves could start recycling….

Mike Morrison