“Out there is our home. […] And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and-do nothing.”
We all know how Pixar is definitely the headliner in the current animation industry. Over the last decade they have been releasing one iconic cinematic animation films and shorts after another. Continuously challenging themselves by creating better designs, better technical works, better storylines, better characters. In 2008, they released one of their most iconic film, Wall·E.
On the post apocalyptic earth, we see a version of future earth. A version that was overwhelmed by waste, as it literally piles up, and create a dire vision that are not too far fetched. There’s not one single human in sight. The only movement on screen came from a rusty robots that collects trash and condensed them into rectangular capsules. He’s Wall·E, our wide eyed little hero. Doing his everyday job and routine, collecting trash, condensed them, collecting the memorabilia of the old earth and put them in his collection, like he always did for the last 700 years. His usual day was suddenly disturbed by the arrival of EVE, a robot sent from Axiom, a space craft that become human’s supposedly temporary space ark. EVE found a single plant seedling, which is a sign that Earth finally ready to regenerate. When EVE returned to Axiom to report this magnificent update, Wall·E decided to come along in pursue for his love and devotion for his new friend.
The first half of the film is what made the film become such a masterpiece of story telling. Even without any comprehendible dialogue, the film manage to deliver a whole story about our hero and the nightmarish state of post-apocalyptic, future Earth. It uses small details to create a narrative about Wall·E our trash compactor robot with huge goggly eye. From his pet cockroach to his dream of classic romance through scenes of Hello Dolly, even up to the arrival of EVE and Wall-E’s adorable crush. The second half of the movie, namely the part spend on board The Axiom felt like it looses the original strength of the first half. It’s not bad in any way, but it felt rather weak and become very formulaic compared to the first half although it still delivers Pixar level of excellence.
There’s a cautionary tale from the condition of future human in the film, of overpopulation, over-consumption, and waste management as well as efficiency and instant culture we strive for is taken to the extreme. The human part delivers most of the comedic hilarity in Wall-E, while the robot himself deliver heartwarming adorableness and ultimate of tear-jerking moments.
Wall·E is definitely one of the stand out in Pixar long list of iconic films. Without the usual bright colored character Pixar manage to offer so much heart, the best quality the studio have to offer, compacted into our little rusty robot hero, Wall-E.
GENRE Animation, Adventure, Sci-fi
DIRECTOR Andrew Stanton | PRODUCER Jim Morris | WRITER Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon | MUSIC Thomas Newman | CINEMATOGRAPHER Jeremy Lasky, Danielle Feinberg | EDITOR Stephen Schaffer | STUDIO Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios | DISTRIBUTOR Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | COUNTRY United States | BUDGET $180 million | RUNNING TIME 98 minutes | RATING PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language | RELEASE June 23, 2008
STARRING Benn Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver, MacInTalk
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