Satire in Andrew Stanton’s “WALL-E”

Produced by Andrew Stanton in 2008, “Wall-e” features earth in the 29th century, but environmental neglect has turned the earth into a garbage filled wasteland. With the earth being uninhabitable, the mega-corporation Buy-N-Large (BnL) has evacuated the whole earth’s population to live on giant star-liners in space. Of all the robotic trash compactors left by BnL to clean up, only one remains operational: a Waste Allocation Load-Lifter (Earth Class), or WALL-E. One day, another robot called EVE comes to earth in search of plant life. WALL-E shows EVE the living plant that he found, and they eventually take it back to the mother-ship, the Axiom, and the ship brings all of the humans back to earth. During the credits, humans and robots are shown learning to farm, fish, and build, turning the planet into a paradise, and WALL-E’s plant is shown to have grown into a mighty tree.

Most of the satire that we see in “WALL-E” is exaggerated scenarios. We see the the whole earth is literally just a pile of garbage, and instead of trying to fix it humans left robots to clean it for them. Since humans have allowed robots to takeover work for them, we see all humans have all become overweight and need to be carried around instead of walking on their own. WALL-E was meant to show how our modern ways of living aren’t sustainable for our planet and that our continued laziness towards this situation will only lead to more trouble, but unfortunately as each day passes, this type of future gets more and more possible.

Satire in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”

Jordan Peele’s 2017 thriller, “Get Out” features a black photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), and his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), who both go up to Rose’s parents house for a weekend. Rose’s parents start acting weird as soon as they meet Chris, which is assumed to be because Rose’s family aren’t used to interracial relationships and are trying their best to get used to it. As the movie progresses, we get to see a much more shocking reality that we could’ve imagined.

Later in the film, Chris meets all of Rose’s family friends and neighbors, who ask him lots of uncomfortable questions or say things like “black is in fashion”. This is when the satire starts to become clear. Later, we learn that Rose’s family have been putting white people’s brains into black people’s bodies, keeping black consciousness buried deep within “the sunken place”. This means that when white consciousness takes over the black body, the original mind is still aware, but helpless to stop the invasion. Two people essentially live in one body as a conquered territory. Jordan Peele is not only saying that Chris’s body has been declared less valuable by White America, but now he’s literally taking away Chris’s right to control his own body.

Time Alone With You, Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier’s, “Time Alone with You”, featuring Daniel Caesar, off of the album Djessie vol. 3, is a fun song that is really just about wanting to spend time with a girl.

The song opens with

If you wanna get sunshine (All night)
Walkin’ on the rooftop (Moonlight)
I’ma go get some
Time alone with you (Ah-ooh)

In this stanza, as well as most of the stanzas in this song, the main lyrics are Daniel Caesar’s lines, and when he sings them, he doesn’t change his voice inflection very much. This gives off the impression of being chill or relaxed, which is the side of himself that he shows to the girl that he’s talking about in this song.

The lines that follow Daniel’s lines, however, have a slightly different meaning.

All you wanna get’s sunshine (All night)
Walkin’ on the rooftop (Moonlight)
We could cut the chit chat (All night)
I dig it when I get that (Moonlight)

These kinds of lines are see all throughout the song, especially in the first and last stanzas. These extra couple of words that follow Daniels are sung by Jacob Collier, in a much higher pitched tone, which sounds very unnatural and crazy. The side that Daniel shows is chill, but inside his head all he wants is this girl.

Finally, near the middle of the song we see these lines:

The most beautiful girl in the whole wide world
And she’s mine, all mine
And I want her to know that my feelings show
I need time
(Gimme time alone with you)

These are sung by both Jacob and Daniel, and this is when Daniel starts to give in to his feelings, and starts to show a less relaxed side of himself, because of how much he wants this girl. This eventually fades, and Daniel goes back to his chill self to end the song.

Exit West and Escape

“Exit West” Is a great novel by Mohsin Hamid that features lots of different themes. One common theme that I saw a lot of in the book was escape, with lots people using the magical doors to escape from one place to another.

My favorite sentence that encapsulates this is, “All their doors remained simple doors, on/off switches in the flow between two adjacent places, binary either open or closed, but each of their doors, regarded thus with a twinge of irrational possibility, became partially animate as well, an object with a subtle power to mock, to mock the desires of those who desired to go far away, whispering silently from its door frame that such dreams were the dreams of fools.” (73). I really like this sentence because it shows Nadia and Saeed’s home and desire to escape, even to the point of believing in magical doors.