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Review: Wall•E

June 30th, 2008

Wall•E

Wall•E Poster

Trailer

The ninth film from Pixar Studios, now a part of Disney, and the second by Andrew Stanton, the writer/director of Finding Nemo, one wonders if Wall•E will continue Pixar‘s string of critically acclaimed box office hits especially considering that a large portion of the movie contains no dialogue,

After watching Wall•E, the Moose can only say that Pixar has done it again. Wall•E is not only good, it’s sublime and makes you wish that they could make live-action movies as touching and enthralling as this. That the movie works with the bare minimum of spoken dialogue makes the feat all the more amazing.

The movie revolves around the central character of WALL•E, a robot that’s a cross between a trash compactor and the robot from the Short Circuit movies. For the last 700 years, Wall•E has been hard at work crushing all the garbage left on an uninhabitable Earth into little compact cubes and stacking them on top of each other to make giant, makeshift skyscrapers. At night, Wall•E returns to his home, a giant storage area filled with various “treasures” that Wall•E has collected over the years. He passes the time watching the movie musical Hello, Dolly! where he learns about romance.

Wall•E, and his unusual “pet”, are the last inhabitants on Earth. That is, until a sleek spaceship drops a beautiful, feminine probe named EVE that Wall•E falls head over wheels for. Wall•E’s courtship of EVE eventually lands him on a giant spaceship version of the ultimate cruise ship where humanity now resides. It’s on this ship, about halfway through the movie, that spoken dialogue is first heard. What happens next? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

Wall•E

While some people will watch Wall•E and think of its environmental message, this is not a message movie. Sure, the humans have used up all of Earth’s resources and then tossed it aside like an empty soda can, but that’s not the point of the movie. So, then, what is the point?

The point of Wall•E is something that it achieves that most live action films do not, without the use of spoken dialogue or great actors; getting the audience to care about the characters. Yes, this robot can feel, and so will you when you see this movie. People use to call movies moving pictures. What they were talking about, of course, was the motion that film captured. With Wall•E, it’s the emotion that has been captured – yours.

Wall•E opens with the hilarious short film Presto about the power struggle between a magician and his rabbit.

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