Contextualize and explain the plot of Wall-E for your very young kids without succumbing to despair challenge
When I was a kid my family would take these annual very intense deep-woods canoe trips and I hated it, both because I was an indoor kid and because I was terrified something would go horribly wrong while we were days away from civilization. Eventually, presumably in a desperate attempt to relate to me, my parents said “You know there’s a famous movie about a canoe trip.” And that’s the story of how I saw Deliverance WAY too young. For some reason it didn’t inspire me to suddenly embrace canoe trips.
Talking about this movie almost feels like a no-win scenario. If I say I had a blast, you assume I mean it ironically, but if I say it wasn’t ironic, you assume I’m a pathetic garbage boy with a brain made of canned peaches. But no, I just think this movie is a crazy good time, and I think it’s actually more aware of what it is than people are giving it credit for. If you go see this movie…
It would be no exaggeration to say I’ve been waiting over a decade for this movie. Back in college I longed for a movie that honored how this time of your life can be simultaneously so ridiculous and so emotionally mammoth. Nothing ever came close, and I figured it was just impossible that anyone old enough to get a movie made would be able to recapture that particular perspective.
And then along comes a movie written/directed by and starring a…