WALL•E Review

1 Jul

I’m proud to say that I am 27 years old and I was the kid of my group when we went to see WALL•E this weekend. For those of you who read my scathing remarks about kids at movies (Anybody Got a Babysitter????) I will start out by pointing out that I went to this G-Rated kids movie at 2:15pm on a Saturday. As I expected the theater was full of kids. However, this being a G-Rated movie made FOR KIDS, there was VERY few out bursts. The parents very quickly took care of their children and life went on. This points even more to the fact that kids under 3 shouldn’t be allowed in a PG-13 movie, even if it is a comic book movie! Now, to the review!

WALL•E is just your typical love story if you believe that robots 700 years in the future could love. After watching WALL•E, I believe! The movie starts out on Earth a little over 700 years in the future where we see a city in disrepair and skyscraper tall piles of trash. The entire city is completely devoid of life. No plants, no water, no humans and no animals. The only life on the entire planet is a small robot and his cockroach friend. We see as this robot collects trash (which is lying around everywhere) and compresses it into small cubes and stacks them up.

As the movie progresses we see other “WALL•E” robots broken down around the area, the only one still functioning is WALL•E. As WALL•E travels around we see the remnants of human society and everything is marked BnL (no, I was also disappointed to learn that it was not Barenaked Ladies, it is Buy n Large). BnL seems to have taken over the world. The company has a Global CEO (played by Fred Willard) who is even seen delivering messages from behind a presidential podium.

In fact, it looks EXACTLY like the White House’s press room only with the BnL logo on the podium, and behind him. Everything is even in the presidential blue. I’m not sure if it is meant to be a political message, but it comes across as one. A huge corporation that provides everyone their food, clothes, cars, houses and even space cruise vacations in charge of the world? He also is not animated, I believe the only thing in any Pixar movie that isn’t animated.

WALL•E actually stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class, and later you see larger WALL•A’s, definitely not as cute as WALL•E. WALL•E actually stumbles across a plant on his journey, the only plant life on Earth apparently and saves it in a boot. This is when the love story starts. EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), a sleek new robot comes to scan Earth for signs of life. WALL•E and EVE don’t speak really. In fact, 98% of the characters in this movie don’t speak. WALL•E and EVE both make noises and can speak each others names, but not much else.

So how do you have a full length motion picture where the main characters don’t speak? I was worried about it to, but the Pixar people made it work. Using mainly squeaks and eye movement (since neither robot has a face to show expressions) they were able to relay a HUGE amount of emotion. I was impressed.

I was also impressed that Disney decided to shed such a dark light on the human race in the future. The humans 700 years in the future can’t walk, can’t chew their own food and only communicate through web-cam type video attached to their “floating chairs.” This had to have been a difficult choice for Disney as this doesn’t fit with their normal views on the future (see Tomorrowland). I do believe that this is an extreme view on what could happen. I mean, a huge milestone for the Captain during a big scene is when he is able to stand up on his own.

Back to the love story. WALL•E has spent his “life” watching a VHS tape of “Hello Dolly!” that he has rigged to play through an IPod (not surprising since Steve Jobs used to run Pixar and APPLE designers were brought in to design EVE). Even before WALL•E meets EVE we see that he longs to be able to hold a girls hand and during his time with EVE he repeatedly tries to hold her hand, but she is business first woman of the future! Worried more about her directive than her personal life.

The conflict comes in when WALL•E hitches a ride with EVE’s ship to The Axiom. The Axiom is this giant space cruise ship (one of many supposedly, but the only one you ever see) that took all the humans off of Earth for a 5 year cleanup (by robots) so the humans could return to Earth. This ship has been in space for 700 years! WALL•E and EVE have to get through security to deliver the plant life to the human captain. I have chosen not to reveal who they are up against because the “bad guy” may not be immediately evident from the previews and the reason for the conflict is definitely hidden until 1/2 to 3/4 through the movie. I don’t want to spoil it!

As I’m sure you have figured out, WALL•E and EVE manage to save the day and they get to hold hands. For a cartoon of two robots it is actually a VERY moving moment. I was surprised at how deeply this movie drew me in.

I have been a fan of all of the Disney Pixar movies (I have not seen Ratatouille yet) and this was one of the best.

I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend that everyone who is a kid at heart to go see it!

Side note: John Ratzenberger has voiced a character in EVERY Pixar movie. He was one of the few characters to actually speak lines in WALL•E and his character name is John (getting lazy?). The funny thing is that he doesn’t do “voices” and every character sounds exactly the same! I did enjoy the few scenes he was in. Pixar broke their own streak by not including a trailer for the next Pixar movie before WALL•E. I was disappointed not to see a trailer, but oh well. Pixar also (according to Wikipedia) has TWO movies on track for a 2011 release, which would be a first.

For those that don’t know, next years Pixar movie is “Up“, 2010’s “Toy Story 3“, 2011’s “newt” and “The Bear and the Bow.” Pixar has also teased “Cars 2” which some expect in 2012, but that’s a long ways away.

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6 Responses to “WALL•E Review”

  1. Kati July 1, 2008 at 7:56 am #

    🙂 Sounds like a cute movie…we might just have to go see it!

  2. vanjoygree July 1, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    Actually, if you think John Ratzenberger always sounds the same in every Pixar movie . . . see if you can pick out who is playing in “Ratatouille” when you do get a chance to see it. He fooled me that time.

  3. Joe O. July 1, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    Of course he would do a non-Ratzenberger voice in the one pixar flick I haven’t seen….

  4. name September 1, 2008 at 1:53 am #

    Good day!,

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