WEIRDLAND: The Dark Knight or Wall-E

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Dark Knight or Wall-E

"This year's Oscars Best Picture race is still fluid enough to account for the presence of two films that would normally seem like longshots: the Pixar masterpiece Wall-E and the box office blockbuster The Dark Knight. One is the tale of a lonely hero who talks in a funny voice, and the other is Wall-E, but both films have one thing in common: they're huge, mainstream blockbusters, which Oscar voters don't typically reward. However, the New York Times reports that the studio behind each film is readying a big Academy Awards push, and they've got their eyes set on Best Picture. Which has the better shot, and should we expect either film to wrangle a nomination for Oscar's biggest prize?
The Dark Knight has one big thing going for it: Heath Ledger's performance is a mortal lock for a Supporting Actor slot, which may help grease the wheels for the film to grab a Best Pic nom. Also, its box office total, second only to Oscar favorite Titanic, is so massive that The Dark Knight has remained the biggest story in the industry all year. Yes, it's still just a comic book movie (and one that had a minor Bat-lash), but what isn't in Hollywood these days?

Thus, in the race for Best Picture, we're going to give the edge to The Dark Knight". Source:


Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm glad I'm not the one who will decide between these two films - they are both two of my favorites of the year. Heath was mesmerizing as The Joker, as was Christian Bale, Maggie, Aaron, Gary Oldman and the entire story. Wall-E had one of the best messages of the year about our deep connection to our environment and caring for it, and his character was so loveable, his situation so desolate in the beginning, the soundtrack beautiful. I couldn't choose! :)

Kendra said...

The Dark Knight and Wall-E are definitively two incredible films, and you can find yourself crying in the both's endings, The Dark Knight's last dialogues are heart-wrenching -in consonance with Nolan's pessimistic vision- here you can read Nolan analyzing his favorite scene in "The dark knight".
And Wall-E was totally delicious from beginning to end.