There’s just so much to love in this movie and it’s a movie that takes bold moves for Pixar giving us not just a kids movie but a smart kids movie with good messages behind it. And it’s just a fun movie as well.
The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. Both robots exhibit an appearance of free will and emotions similar to humans, which develop further as the film progresses.
One of the strongest highlights of the film is the fact that there’s very little dialogue in the film. The first 20 minutes of the movie have no dialogue at all but at the same time, you never get bored because you’re so invested in what Wall-E and EVE do. Even when we get to the human characters near the second act, there’s much more dialogue but not as much as you’d think. It’s not a dialogue-heavy movie but the stuff that’s going on in film keeps you invested. It’s about as much as my #1 favorite movie has but I’m not going to say what that movie is yet.
It’s amazing that Disney even let them make this movie because of all the social issues that they tackle, a lot of them were things that Disney had done in the past and Pixar is pretty much saying that all of these things are leading to what could be the downfall of the world. Is it any wonder why Disney stopped partnering up with McDonalds and went on a whole healthy food initiative?
The movie also worked well because you really fall in love with these characters. The relationship that both Wall-E & EVE have is played out so well that you really stick with these characters, even with the little dialogue they both share.
I also really liked the storyline about whether or not the world is stable enough to support life again. There’s a major plot point involving a plant that develops towards the end of the first act that becomes the main focus of the rest of the film and the captain of the ship believes that this is a sign that Earth can be livable again while the navigation has to live by strict orders to never return to Earth again no matter what and does whatever it takes to get rid of the plant. It leads into good questions about who’s right in the situation. Is the navigation right to listen to orders or is it finally time to head back to Earth after 800 years? Of course, we get the answer at the end but before then, we wonder who’s right in this situation?
The animation in this is spectacular, this is Pixar at its’ best. The space scenes in this movie, in particular, are so beautifully done.
For a movie that has very little dialogue, WALL-E manages to be a great film by putting in memorable characters, a great love story, a good message, some great action, beautiful animation, and just an overall fun adventure film.
It’s a great animated movie and Pixar’s best film to date, in my opinion, and one of my all-time favorites.
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