Wall. E Review
Wall. E is a “tender, thoughtful and terrific looking animated film.”
WALL•E is the kind of movie that you spend months anticipating and then have nothing to say about it when you finally see it. A masterpiece on par with Pixar’s very best films, Andrew Stanton’s overdue follow-up to Finding Nemo is everything one could possibly want from a film about a robot finding love, and even more. But the problem is that its substance is all so visible and understandable that it demands, and needs, no further analysis. All of which is why the best that should be said about it is it’s wonderful, and you should see it as soon as possible.
The film follows WALL•E, a cleaning robot who is left behind to straighten up the planet after humankind left Earth on gigantic spaceships. During the intervening centuries between humanity’s departure, WALL•E develops a personality and spends his days discovering small treasures among the trash, including a well-worn copy of Hello, Dolly! When a ship arrives from space, WALL•E is naturally intrigued, but after it drops off a sleek probe named Eve, he’s in love. Following a tenuous introduction (she almost vaporizes him), the two begin to bond. When the ship returns to retrieve Eve, however, WALL•E finds himself on an epic journey not only to explore the (literal) universe beyond Earth, but to find love and help humankind reconnect with the planet they abandoned so many years ago.
Much has already been made of the film’s environmental messages and supposed anti-corporate commentary (no small irony given Pixar’s partnership with Disney, much less their massive marketing push), but its most incisive observations are in regards to humanity’s increasing — and increasingly debilitating — reliance on technology. While the film does feature some actual humans, most notably Fred Willard as corporate mouthpiece Shelby Forthright, the characters that interact with WALL•E and his fellow robots are doughy, overweight CGI blobs that represent 700-plus years of laziness. Aboard the space cruisers, humans are literally waited on hand and foot, consuming the maximum possible calorie intake through the easiest and quickest possible ways, and essentially destroying anything resembling muscle mass, much less the motivation to do much of anything for themselves.
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