Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wall-e movie review

Posted by lea at 12:19 PM
Wall-e - both the robot character and the movie - is just absolutely endearing. He's a garbage compacter left on Earth after the humans create so much rubbish they decide to hover in space while it gets cleaned up. He falls in love with Eva, a brand-spanking new robot who hails from hundreds of years later, when people have become inactive masses who go from place to place on hover-seats continuously sucking food through a straw.

The story mainly follows Wall-e and his pursuit of Eva, all the way to the great spaceship of humans. Through the gorgeous story (much of it told without dialogue), Wall-e manages to convey a depth of both feeling and communication: that loneliness is heartbreak, that humans aren't the only species that can feel love, that those who are 'broken' also have their own unique redeeming qualities, that humans need to take better care of their Earth home.

A standout moment in the movie for me is when Wall-e, a fan of Guys and Dolls, dances around for Eva in imitation of the musical. The film even manages to make cockroaches look cute and harmless - a feat I never would've expected. Pixar really did an amazing job with this movie and deserves all the box-office laudits it's undoubtedly already raking in.

2 comments:

Caesar on September 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM said...

Methinks you mean "plaudits" but were thinking of "lauded"...

lea on September 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM said...

Actually when I used 'plaudits' I thought I was making up a new word, but it turns out that it means 'enthusiastic approval' according to wordreference.com, which is pretty much the word I thought I was making up. Boo to the person who thought of it before me.

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