I am a great lover of all things Disney and Pixar. Because of my lovely mother, I was raised watching musicals, "Singing in the Rain", "The King and I", "Sound of Music", "Bye-Bye Birdie", you name it, I have seen it. I am only 27 years old but my favorite movie 1950s musical called "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". I love it when Hollywood puts music into the story. (I can’t wait for "Mamma Mia" to come out. I saw the Broadway show and want to see how Meryl Streep holds her own.) Then add my other favorite movie, "Little Mermaid" coming out in 1989 and making a seven year old D a worshiper at the alter of Disney. So to say the least, I was very excited about the new Pixar release.
When new movies come out I try not to read reviews on them so I go in watching the movie with an open mind. I heard WALL*E got great reviews and the director was the same guy who had done Finding Nemo. So I walked into the theater thinking this was going to be an adventure story similar to Finding Nemo. Imagine my surprise that after watching the whole movie it turns out to be a sweet love story between two robots! Hey give me a break! I just had a baby so I have been kind of busy.
Quick Synopsis, a thousands of years into the future, Humans (why do they all look American and only speak English?) have polluted Earth so much it is just a wasteland of garbage. All life forms have died or left the planet on a Space Cruise line. WALL*E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class) is the last of his kind robot. His directive is to clean up Earth and consolidate all the garbage into cubes. Since there was so much garbage all of his fellow robots have ceased to function ( further showing how we have destroyed the planet.) After hundreds of years of solitude, WALL*E has evolved and has a personality. He likes watching musicals, collects interesting garbage (rubix cube, Christmas lights etc.) and has a pet Cockroach. The story moves forward with the arrival of EVE a new sophisticated robot with a directive to find life on Earth so humans can finally come home. WALL*E is smitten by EVE and does everything robotlike possible to get the girl. EVE gets picked up and so begins WALL*E adventure across the galaxy to rescue his fair maiden. Through his journey this little robot changes the lives of everyone he comes in contact with.
WALL*E was a fantastic movie for the whole family. Really a love story at heart but with its humor and robot action sequences everyone will have a good time. Pixar is known as the innovators of CGI (computer generated imagery) and in this film they live up to their name. The space scenes are amazing and look almost real. The story was really well written and the characters were lovable. I especially loved the malfunctioning robots who become unlikely heroes after they meet WALL*E. For the first 45 minutes of the movie, there is no talking what so ever as, we are introduced to this little robot and the future Earth. Surprisingly enough during this entire time, the story writers kept my attention. The only negative was until WALL*E’s adventure began it was just a bit to preachy. Again, it’s the future and all the humans that look suspiciously like Americans, have completely destroyed beautiful planet Earth. We can no longer live on Earth so we fly around Space waiting for Earth to be cleaned up for us. Just as in real life during the Cruise the people just eat and are constantly waited on. So we are all now lazy and obese. Does that sound like a children’s story to you? Luckily, WALL*E saves the day, and he makes us realize that Earth is worth saving. This being a Pixer film, John Ratzenberger voices one of the humans.
In true Pixar fashion, the film is innovative, fun and a vision of CGI at its best. I would definitely recommend watching it in the theater and of course owning it forever.