Today, we watched Death Race. I love Jason Statham, and he was the only reason I considered seeing the film. In comparison with Wall-E--aside from the obvious--it was easy to pick out the forced character development and forced plot conflicts. In fact, there wasn't character development. There wasn't much of a theme, unless you could count "freedom is the only thing worth dying/fighting for," which I'd give you, if you did decide that, yes, for some reason, you're counting. There wasn't even much of a plot: Guy gets thrown in jail; guy is a badass; guy is also a badass racer (though this doesn't come up until he's in jail, which was a flaw even for such a flatline movie); and guy has to race for his life. But it was entertaining! The car races were entertaining. It was everything I expected in the movie (with all the elements that reaffirmed my reasoning for not seeing it in the theater). It even ended how I wanted it to (even if the ending was just as forced as the rest of the plot points).
Which movie did I like better? It's actually very hard for me to say. I saw both purely for entertainment. I no expectations for either. I've not liked the last few Pixar films (I'm tired of them always picking a male protagonist, too!), so I didn't think Wall-E would impress me. It did, but not in a "I want to see that again" kind of way. The same goes for Death Race. It was good, solid entertainment, but I wouldn't want to see it again.
Who would have thought that Wall-E and Death Race would ever come out a tie?
My Favorite Scenes:
Wall-E: When Wall-E and Eve are outside the humans' spaceship after Wall-E's pod explodes and Wall-E has the fire extinguisher. It was romantic, it was elegant, and it looked like a lot of fun.
Death Race: When Jason Statham is doing pull ups in his cell. The scene is very short, but still, um, elegant in its own way.