“Wall-E” Review

Todd

This weekend, Hayley and I took a couple of kids to see Wall-E, Pixar’s latest film. Here’s my review. (I’m using the “Ramsey Movie Criteria.”)

Content
Wall-E tells the story of a trash-collecting-then-compacting little robot in the distant future. From all appearances, Wall-E is alone, the last of the trash-bots. Eventually, another robot comes to earth with a specific, classified directive. This robot, named EVE, is far more advanced that Wall-E, but they do develop a sweet little romance that drives the movie forward.

The robot love story is incredibly charming and very sweet and is the main plot of the film. But there’s also the sub-story of the humans and their current standard of living that helps frame the romance. I thought this part of the movie was a little – OK, a lot – heavy-handed, but it was still enjoyable.

The movie is rated G.

Performance
This is a little tricky to do with an animated film, but all of the voice performances were very strong. The weakest part of the movie was actually delivered by one of my favorite actors, Fred Willard. It kind of felt like he phoned in his performance for this one. Ah well.

Artistic Value
Absou-frickin-lutely beautiful.

Outcome
Hayley and I both enjoyed this movie. Even though there was very little dialog, it was sweet, well done and entertaining throughout. We left feeling quite happy.

Pixar’s team consistently delivers masterpieces. It’s unbelievable how amazing they are. And Wall-E ranks up there as one of their finest. You must see this movie.

Rating:

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

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9 Comments

  1. July 7, 2008 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    I couldn’t get over the “no dialog” thing.
    I’d give it 2.5/5

  2. July 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    Wow! That’s REALLY low. I saw your blog post about it. I didn’t realize you didn’t like it as much as you don’t like it!

  3. Sarah B.
    July 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    oh man. 5 stars indeed. I thought it was brilliant..

    and I can admit, I may have cried at the very end…

    🙂

    Sarah B

  4. Grant
    July 8, 2008 at 8:30 am — Reply

    I did not cry, but i really enjoyed it as well. I thought the lack of dialouge allowed me to appreciate the artistic value much more. Wall-E the robot reminded me alot of ET the alien…..anyone else?

  5. July 8, 2008 at 10:15 am — Reply

    There was very little dialogue, but there was a TON of communication. And I agree Grant, the silence helped you take in the beauty.

    As for your ET thought, I haven’t considered it. Hmmm…

  6. kristin
    July 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    This was an extremely smart movie and thats the sweetest and cutest robot I have ever seen!!

    Its no Toy Story…but I am bias.

  7. July 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    It was sold out for the first several days in Boston, & Brooklynne & I ended up having to go to a 12:15 am showing just to catch it. It was indeed well worth the lost sleep. I absolutely loved it!

  8. July 8, 2008 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    I second that. I couldn’t stop laughing at walle – he’s so presh! and i think that my favorite element of the movie was something no one’s mentioned – the incorporation of Hello Dolly into the plot of the movie – so smart! the only part i thought was slightly unbelievable was at the very end when they tried to make us think that walle might have been hurt to the point that he lost his personality. Please! this is pixar. Sid’s not going to blast buzz lightyear into a million pieces, Nemo’s dad’s gonna find him, and Walle is gonna pull through. I loved the short film, too! Nobody does it quite like Pixar.

  9. August 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm — Reply

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