A robot with a heart, and Pixar with a pocket full of cash! Wall-E the Review.
So I went and saw Wall-E this weekend. Mainly because it was at my theatre, but I will admit that I was looking forward to seeing it anyway. There was a problem though. Something must have been in the air. Maybe some harsh allergens, sawdust, the flickering of the projecter, or some strong perfume, but my eyes kept watering. I just dont know what it was……… Anywho was Pixar able to make another winner out of this cute robot? Lets take a look.
At first glance, it looks like another kiddish movie where robot one falls in love with robot two and they live happily ever after. But its much deeper then that. It touches upon modern day problems, the fear of loss, the never ending struggle to put things right… And the quest for robot love. Plus he is damn cute!
Lets take a look at the animation.
WOW is all I can say. The visuals in this movie are amazing. Just the opening shots are enough to hook you in to this visual masterpiece. Everything is crisp and clear. The attention to detail is insane! The battery meter on Wall-E even goes up and down depending on the time of day and if he worked or not. In fact you tend to lose your perception on reality and begin to feel you are actually watching a little dusty orange robot roam around cleaning up our mess. Though as with all Pixar movies, as soon as you see the humans, it loses something. Yes your attention is supposed to be on Wall-E and Eve, but you jyst cant help but notice how soft the humans look. They lack detail and honestly are just a backdrop anyway for most of the movie. Its not a huge deal, but I would have liked a little more going on there.
Now to the story.
Wall-E is about the last of the little dusty orange robots that were charged to clean up the earth after we totally messed it up and left insted of taking care of it ourselves. After 700 years he is alone and starts to gain a personality and collect human knick knacks. One of them is his prized video of Hello Dolly, in which his longing for companionship begins. The Axiom (the ship where most of the surviving humans are living) sends down probes every so often to check for signs of plant life which mean the possibility of humanity coming back to Earth to reclaim it. The probe they send is called Eve. After she lands and scouts for vegitation, she runs into Wall-E. They start up a friendship and you see Wall-E fall in love. (Remember he has been alone for way too long)
Well after she finds the plant specimen, she stores it and shuts down to await arrival of the retreival ship. Wall-E has no idea what happened to her, so he does his best to keep her safe and protected from the weather. Well when the retreival ship arrives and takes her away, Wall-E decides he needs to defend his new found friend and rolls to the ship as fast as he can, just barely making it in time to latch on. What happens next is somewhat scary for us humans. After 700 years of being on a glorified cruise ship: we are morbidly obese, lazy, and drink all our meals from a cup. Everything is automated and even human contact is boiled down to sitting in a chair with a video screen in front of your face 24/7.
Eve is to take the plant life to the captian, where the Axiom will then decide if its time to head back to earth to reclaim it. Problem is, Eve lost the plant somewhere in route and blames Wall-E! From that point on, hillarious and touching scenes are a plenty in the search for the ever important plant.
Sorry but thats all you are going to get from me about this movie. It is a masterpiece of animation, story, and character development. So if you want to know more then you are going to have to get up and head to the theatre. It is so worth the time and admission money. Just be wary of the sawdust, pollen, or strong perfume in the air. It may cause watering of the eyes! Overall this gets a 9/10.