|07-02-2008, 10:06 PM||#1|
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WALL-E (reviewed- with some spoilers!)
Spoiler alert! and shame on you for not seeing this yet if you haven't!
I finally just got back from seeing this film and thought I'd share a review.
Pixar has been known for the quality in films and their latest venture WALL-E, shows that even after success, a film company can still hold on to what it treasures.
The film starts off showing a desolate earth, as we zoom in to the tune "Out There" from Hello Dolly (which will come into place later in the film) we see large ominous structures like megaskyscrapers and upon closer inspection, we see that these towers are made of garbage and it is here we meet our plucky hero, a Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth class, or WALL-E, a mobile trash compactor of sorts with those big goggle eyes, who's been busy on a planet that has long since been abandoned by humans, building those large structures by making trash cubes and stacking them, he has some company, a "pet" cockroach that follows him along and that he cares for feeding it of all things, twinkies at night while the cockroach follows him loyally by day. WALL-E has even taken a hobby of collecting what we would call "junk" but things that are a curiosity to him or something new entirely, his most prized possession being an old VHS copy of Hello Dolly which he watches at night. Yet despite being a machine, WALL-E shows us a genuinely human side to him from the get go, his curiosity to items we don't give a second thought to these days, (finding a box with an engagement ring in it, throwing out the ring and playing with the box, a rubber duckie, a paddle ball, and womans support bra he puts on his camera goggles) to his longing and loneliness he reveals while he watches his movie. Yet all things change for him when a spaceship crashes down and out comes EVE, or Extra-Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, EVE is everything WALL-E isn't, from being new, slender and outgoing to his bulky, worn and shy, yet for WALL-E it's love at first sight, along with being the point in the movie where the first real lines are actually spoken and it's heartwarming to watch as WALL-E works up the courage to even hold EVE's hand yet when EVE performs her objective on earth (finding a live plant, showing that the planet can become habitable once again), she leaves back on her spaceship yet not even a rocket blasting off into space can stop WALL-E.
It's in space that we go into the second part of our story and where we meet our descendants who left earth, who after spending several centuries in space, where robots do everything while they lounge in hover chairs, have faired rather poorly health wise, all being doughy overweight and too busy talking to people on screens rather than to turn their heads, it's here where WALL-E and EVE go through rather hilarious misadventures to ensure the plant is safely delivered so that humans can go back home and hopefully start over. It is here that PIXAR, like other films to include a message, whether it be about going green, our over reliance on technology, big corporations, etc. but unlike other films that tend to shove the message down your throat to the point of making you feel guilty while just trying to watch a movie, PIXAR avoids being preachy and merely leaves the message out there to be thought about later and let people enjoy the movie.
Overall WALL-E is a visually stunning masterpiece but what really drives it is the depth and emotion within the film that truly make it something deserving of praise. Ironically the most memorable parts of the film can't be quoted as there's no lines to be quoted but the emotion taking place makes them memorable. That's something to be said about PIXAR, for instance I saw another movie I won't name a few days ago. Let's just say the title involved intercourse and a Metropolis, and it had the gushy love scene where the man declares his love for the woman that got mostly a meh from me. Yet WALL-E is able to express himself to EVE without any lines, just a few simple noises and bleeps and it is truly touching and for that I tip my hat to PIXAR on their latest classic.
Ninja edit: forgot to add this, part for those that decided to scroll to the bottom, go see this movie, it doesn't matter how old you are as it has something for everyone and other reviewers were able to admit this and so can I in that yes, I teared up during it.
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