Sunday, June 29, 2008
JON-E5 Review “Caution” Satire Ahead
A trip down to the local cinema proved to be quite nostalgic this weekend.
I must admit that the 80's were a decade that I really had no desire to look back upon. Bad music, Mullets, The Brat Pack, oh and then there was Jon-E5 who starred in those two highly forgettable Short Circuit films. (I never really wanted to learn Jon-E5’s final fate.)
Oh and on a side tangent could Disney make a new film about the Tower Of Terror that does not star Steve Guttenberg? Please. Imagine Steve Buscemi as your elevator operator? Now that could be scary.
Jon-E5 it seems will still be around 700 plus years into the future. He is still “conscience” of his existence and very much into self preservation.
After the evil "Big & Large" corporation ruins our planet they gather all of earth’s human inhabitants for an interstellar cruise upon the USS Excelsior while Jon-E5 and his other "unconscious" pals are left behind to clean up our mess. Over the next 700 hundred years, all but our hero Jon-E5 succumb to the fate of time and rust. Jon-E5 begins to cannibalize the others to prolong his life.
As Jon-E5 prepares to turn in each night, we learn that he longs for love and companionship when miraculously he plays a video tape of “Funny Girl” that still functions.
This for me was the best part of the movie and something this studio does best. (I’m just a sucker for the poignant stuff) As we hear Michael Crawford sing “That it only took a moment, to be loved a whole life long” you get a better sense of how lonely Jon-E5 really is and that he is literally doomed to remain lonely for eternity.
Perhaps he should have repaired some of the other units that are just lying around. But that’s just how my mind works. I don’t have Jon-E5’s logic circuits…
Without giving to much more away, Jon-E5 does find love when the mysterious Rob-E the robot comes to earth on a secret mission that will eventually bring Jon-E5 face to face with humans and the evil HAL who has taken over the USS Excelsior. The future of human kind is sad as we all apparently become puffed up couch potatoes. Where is Team Voice in the future? Huh?
Eventually there is a happy ending. If that’s what you want to call it. How the couch potato culture is going to rebuild the wasteland of earth is beyond me. I’m guessing the robots do the work and mankind goes back to the important things in life such as “blue is the new red”
As a whole this film was a nice visual journey with the one poignant moment revisited a couple times. I, along with others felt that the opening short was better than the feature. I would not go so far as to say this movie is a complete miss. It’s just not the best from this studio.
If you like these films on the big screen by all means go out and see it. Otherwise wait for the DVD.
Posted by Jeff W at 9:24 AM