yeah well, it's a matter of speaking but it is kind of like rocky vs. taxi driver or something along those lines. maybe that's unfair cause walle it's actually good while rocky is crap but I hope the point gets across that walle it's a pretty safe, predictable choice for a best film award, even if this doesn't amount to much else than a game.
I said this when I saw Walle last year, and I have tried to see the whole film again but I just can't get past the beginning of the second half when they leave earth and go to space. What was a completely flawless silent science fiction comedy turns very rapidly into a contrived "message" film with predictable outcomes all around and boring sanitized human characters for whom we are supposed to feel some sort of sympathy because otherwise the happy ending wouldn't make any sense. really...the fat humans recover their will to work hard and earn shit in like two seconds, represented by the captain of the ship who is one of the worst and less engaging characters in pixar's history. really, the guy is a blank space, a nothing, hardly watchable as a character compared to walle and eva. and they all go back to earth and are on their way to recover the whole thing and it just feels like that's there because they wanted to give us some closure on everything. but we don't give a fuck about humans in this film. they're all idiots and who cares about them? the real story is about walle, a robot in love, and the second half of the film tries too hard to tie everything together and although it may leave everyone happy, it just throws away the ambition of the first half. and it's frustrating because pixar can pull off anything (as seen in ratatouille and the incredibles) and here it feels like they just chickened out on it. not that the film ends up being bad, but it's in no way a masterpiece that breaks new ground or anything. please.
on the other hand synecdoche it's a hard pill to swallow all around, and i've only seen it twice, but my feeling is that this is one of those special films that will grow and grow in time, as we all are able to digest everything in it. not to mention the ambition of it which is inmense.
in any case it's a matter of taste and I haven't been able to watch walle again in it's full lenght while right after I saw synecdoche for the first time I went and watched it again. and I'm planning to see it again as soon as I can. It's just a richer picture for me. that's all.