we might be making an academy kind of historic mistake here. i like walle as much as anyone else around here, but we had the chance to award synecdoche...
Well, when historians are studying the Xixax archives and see how we screwed up and nominated a film that people will love forever instead of one that people sit through because they're "supposed to" we'll really kick ourselves, won't we?
(just kidding, historians won't exist in the future)
i, for one, was completely captivated by synecdoche from beginning to end. i really loved it. on the other hand, Wall-e was also stunning, and the fact that synecdoche is a harder film to understand than wall e doesn't make it any more or less significant (to history. it actually does make it "signify" more things... but you know what i meant). compared to most mainstream cinema, both are really amazing pieces that would each deserve the "best" ranking here, but wall-e's win takes nothing way from synecdoche. consider also that wall e reached many more people, was a responsibly paced children's movie with a genuinely good message and incredible visuals, and probably got a lot of kids excited about going to the movies.
i'll never forget watching this with my little brother and seeing him as a seven year old pick out the themes of the film and really invest in Wall E and Eve... it's a very important film in its own right because it's perfectly communicative to its target audiences: people untrained in film analysis, and thoughtful people. if your argument against Wall-E is that it's too similar to other films, give me a recent example of a mainstream film that can fairly be said to have that kind of success. show me anything, especially in synecdoche, that can inspire a kid to have both a sense of responsibility and hope.