With movie theaters having special promotions during the week, I decided to take advantage and go see Wall-E for $6… beats the usual $10.50 ticket price. I had fairly high expectations for this movie has its from the ever popular Pixar company.
In a distant, but not so unrealistic future, where mankind has abandoned earth because it has become covered with trash from products sold by the corrupt and powerful multi-national Buy N Large corporation, WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left to clean up the mess. Mesmerized with trinkets of earth’s history and show tunes, WALL-E is alone on Earth except for a sprightly pet cockroach. One day, Eve, a sleek (and dangerous) reconnaissance robot, is sent to earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable. WALL-E falls in love with Eve. WALL-E rescues Eve from a dust storm and shows her a living plant he found amongst the rubble. Consistent with her “directive” Eve takes the plant and automatically enters a deactivated state except for a blinking green beacon. WALL-E, doesn’t understand what has happened to his new friend, but true to his love, he protects her from wind, rain, and lightening, even as she is unresponsive. One day a massive ship comes to reclaim Eve, but WALL-E, out of love or loneliness hitches a ride on the outside of the ship to rescue Eve. The ship arrives back at a large space cruise ship, which is carrying all of the humans who evacuated earth 700 years earlier. The people of earth ride around this space resort on hovering chairs which give them a constant feed of TV and video chatting. They drink all of their meals through a straw out of laziness and are all so fat that they can barely move. When Buy N Large tries to prevent the people of earth from returning, by stealing the plant, WALL-E, Eve, the portly captain, and a band of broken robots stage a mutiny. (From IMDB.com)
Wall-E is the modern-day curious George. Always curious about what is going on around him and what everything does. There isn’t much dialog throughout the movie as the Wall-E and Eve can’t really communicate verbally (you have to pay attention to this movie), so they interact with actions. It took me awhile to actually get into the movie as I didn’t know what direction the movie was going to go in. However, the movie was funny and held my attention throughout its entirety. I can’t say it had the draw of Finding Nemo or Toy Story for me, but its definitely another great Pixar film to see.
As always, there’s a short film before each Pixar movie. Below is preview from the short film Presto. (Youtube removed the full version.)