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“WALL-E” Movie Review

It’s not often that you’ll find me excited about a G-rated movie, but then again it isn’t often that an animated film this great comes along. Created by the acclaimed computer animation studio Pixar, this thoughtful film tells of a robot named WALL-E tasked with cleaning up Earth’s garbage when the planet becomes too polluted to sustain human life. The humans board massive space vessels and fly far away to wait for their world to become livable again. The plan of “Buy n Large” (a mega corporation that has taken over every part of the economy as well as the government) is to have a massive army of these WALL-E robots clean the Earth in five years, then let the humans return from space and live in it again.

Long after the other robots stop working, our main character WALL-E still works through the garbage everyday, longing for nothing more than a friend to keep him company in the desolate world. This friend comes in the form of EVE, a probe robot sent out by the Axiom (the largest space vessel) who’s only purpose is to find plant life on Earth and return it to the Axiom, which will tell the ship’s captain that Earth is once again habitable and the humans can go back to it. WALL-E instantly falls in love with EVE, so when she finds a plant and gets picked up by a space rocket that will return her to the Axiom, WALL-E follows her all the way to her destination. What he finds there is that the plan to return the humans to Earth has failed, since Earth was in a worse state than anyone imagined. Instead of staying in space the planned five years, humans have lived there for seven-hundred years. Over time they became fatter and fatter, lazier and lazier, until eventually they lost the strength to stand and started spending every moment of their day eating or lounging. The plant EVE holds needs to be placed on a specific platform in the ship, which will reroute the Axiom‘s path back towards Earth, but as it turns out for WALL-E and EVE, getting the plant to where it needs to be isn’t nearly as easy as it seems.

Dialogue is absent for a good part of the movie, with most of the sound work consisting of robot noises and an excellent score. Communication between the robots is largely in the form of body gestures, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to understand what they’re trying to say to each other. Instead, it provides a fresh and unique way of telling the story. The animation is amazing, not only from a technical aspect but from an artistic standpoint as well. You’ll genuinely care about the characters, and WALL-E is designed so well that you can laugh at him when he gets knocked on the head or electrocuted, yet still see his cuteness and worry for him when he’s in danger. The Axiom ship looks futuristic and fun, but even little kids will notice how disgustingly easy life is for humans aboard the vessel. This is a very thought-provoking film, and despite being rated G, this is probably the least kid-friendly Pixar movie yet. Not because of violence or sex or anything like that, but because of the story and overall tone.

WALL-E is a brilliant and exceptionally well-made film that can be immensely enjoyed by all ages, even the teenagers that think they’re too cool for this movie. Is this the best Pixar film yet? Only time can tell, but one thing’s for sure – this is winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Without a doubt.

Pros: Excellent thought-provoking story, great characters, amazing animation, perfect sound work

Cons: A few minor plot details are a bit hard to understand at first

Final Score: 10 out of 10

By Josh60502

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  1. July 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Wall-E totally looks like the robot from “Short Circuit”… minus the cheesy 80’s style of course

    • Jessie
      December 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

      *STRONGLY AGREE*

  2. Sweety
    July 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    patrick is right, he totally does. short circuit was good

    😛

  3. September 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I AGREE! I totally enjoyed Wall E. It’s amazing how much interactions could exist without much of dialogue! And i liked the little robot which was cleaning up after Wall E.
    Very sound piece to share your personal preference and experience.
    Btw, it’s Pleasantville 🙂 Smallville is something else.

  4. kentpaul65102
  5. donna
    December 31, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    looks like E.T. to me!

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