Believe the hype.
Believe in movies again.
Because when it comes to movies these days, so much out there is re-hashed. Even the movie I’m looking forward to most of all this summer is merely a sequel to a movie about a comic book … and it’s the third in a line of movie franchises about that same comic book.
In other words, it’s been done.
But Pixar — which some will say hasn’t missed yet, but I’ll argue that Monsters Inc. and Cars were merely “decent” — did something with “Wall•E” that very few studios are doing these days.
They did something new. They took a giant chance.
Wall•E is a kids movie, but it’s also very much an adult movie. It’s a Charlie Chaplin film, a 1950s musical, a science fiction drama and a love story all rolled into one.
The plot: Wall•E is one of many little robots left behind to clean up the earth after humans left on a giant ship because they polluted the planet so much. For 700 years, little Wall•E has picked up trash and compacted it … there are now towers of trash larger than city skyscrapers. But while all the other robots and living things have died off, Wall•E keeps plugging away. He, a cockroach and a tiny plant are the lone survivors.
Over his 700 years, Wall•E has developed a personality and a love for a certain musical (I won’t say which one in case anybody wants to be surprised). He also longs for companionship, and it comes one day in the form of EVE, a robot sent to search for life (which she finds in the plant).
Wall•E is completely enamored with EVE, and the scenes where he attempts to woo “her” are both hilarious and touching. When EVE is called back to the “mothership”, Wall•E hitches a ride, and we discover that the human race has “evolved” into overweight lazy men and women who are hovered around everywhere and eat all their meals in milkshake form.
It may sound like a complicated plot, and there really is a lot going in the story. Some have noted in their reviews that Wall•E tries to come off as too preachy (humans are slobs) or too Al Gore-ish (there’s definitely a global theme and even a Bush jab thrown in) … but all that is beside the point.
To me, the plot is wonderfully simple.
When it all comes down to it, Wall•E is a sweet little story about a robot who just wants somebody or something to hold hands with.
And it’s brilliant.
Beautifully made, wonderfully paced and ultimately, an incredibly pleasing experience.
Pixar’s best film, and Disney’s best effort in a long, long, long time.
I was excited to see this movie back when I saw the first teaser for it (I blogged about it more than a year ago in one of my first-ever posts).
All the hype, and all the anticipation, and I was still blown away.
My grade: 9 out of 10