Saturday, June 28, 2008
Movie Reviews: WALL-E
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home).
Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Macintalk
Director: Andrew Stanton
Genres: Adventure Comedy, Comedy, Children's/Family, Sci-Fi Adventure
Opened June 27, 2008
Runtime:1 hr. 37 min.
I always look forward to Pixar films mainly because you know they'll be good but the real question is how good. After last years fantastic Ratatouille and one of my personal favorites The Incredibles, I thought it was going to be tough for Wall-E to match those films. Wall-E matches them and may have even surpassed them. Director Andrew Stanton weaves a wonderfully mystical tale that's moving sweet and even romantic. An incredible feat when you consider the film is practically dialogue free, there probably only about 5-7 minutes of dialogue throughout. The opening shots of the post apocalyptic world occupied by it's last inhabitants is a bit of a shock to be honest, considering this is a Disney film and all but it beautifully done. The imagery is breath taking and just blows anything done by other computer animated entries. Wall-E and his robot brethren convey emotions like they were players in some old world silent film. Still these characters and their story grab your heart strings and hold them tight. You'll be hard pressed not to be thoroughly engrossed in this little machines story. The satirical elements interwoven in the plot will keep the adults happy but I think most of the finer points will be lost on a lot of the younger viewers. Still social commentary on consumerism and our over dependence on technology isn't quite the type of thing you'd expect from your usual kiddy fare. This is why Pixar remains at the top of their game, some how they keep churning out fantastic films everyone can enjoy.