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Overall Rating
4.41

Awesome69.31%
Worth A Look: 14.85%
Just Average: 5.94%
Pretty Crappy: 6.93%
Sucks: 2.97%

6 reviews, 65 user ratings



WALL•E
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by Erik Childress

"Don't Be Afraid. You Won't Be Alone Calling This A Masterpiece!"
5 stars

There will be a lot of people writing or exclaiming the phrase, “this is why I love movies” this week. And why not? If you don’t love movies, who wants anything to do with you? Since 1995, no other studio has likely been more responsible for that phrase than the folks over at Pixar. Like clockwork a new Pixar film was a revelation; an almost instant classic and weekend appointment whether you had or knew any kids to take with you. Recently though they have showed their human roots, stumbling with the flat-out failure of Cars and the decent, but way overrated Ratatouille (that may have achieved a bit more praise than necessary when it ended with one of the great, positive monologues about critics ever.) We won’t waste time talking about getting back on track, because WALL-E is on a whole other track. In fact, dreaming up any kind of monologue to describe it’s brilliance or to exacerbate its sheen artistic value can never do the justice that your own senses will be able to bask in starting from the animated short that precedes it and right through it’s final audible sendoff. The words “genius” and “masterpiece” are all too flaunted about in modern cinema history, but if you don’t walk out of WALL-E uttering those terms or some variation on them then you must be on the way to your day job as an extra on the set of Idiocracy.

Set approximately 700 years in the future, our Earth has become a literal wasteland. Nothing remains but the garbage we have left behind while what remains of the human race have become a group of gluttonous, atrophied space travelers aboard a self-contained ship named the Axiom. A little life does still exist on our planet though in the form of WALL-E (voiced by legendary sound & film editor Ben Burtt), a mini-garbage compactor robot who goes about his daily routine to package up the trash and, by night, stores his curious collectibles while avoiding the dangerous windstorms that plague the landscape. Without a soul other than his trusty cockroach companion to interact with, WALL-E finds a visitor delivered to his neighborhood in the form of EVE (Elissa Knight). Rigidly assertive to her “directive”, EVE scans the planet for any sign of life while the infatuated WALL-E hopes to be the one to make contact with the trigger-happy probe droid.

After some awkward tailing, WALL-E is able to get EVE back to his place and in true geek fashion, show her his various toys and his favorite movie. In this case, Hello Dolly, to which WALL-E could give Short Circuit’s Number Five a few dance pointers to. Just as they are truly striking up a friendship though, EVE’s ship returns with orders overriding all other personal interaction. Fretting his new friend being taken away forever, WALL-E hitches a ride on the ship into a whole new universe for him (in what may be the most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenes of the year) while a greater fate for all now rests within the hands of these two little robots.

WALL-E’s sense for discovery is paramount to all the twists and turns of Andrew Stanton’s ingeniously layered script and I will not stoop to rob you of a similar journey. Beyond the usual chatty-conscious critters and pop jargon of most features (animated or live-action), Stanton makes the bold decision to challenge viewers by taking this vision of the future back to the early days of the motion picture when visuals advanced the story and eyes were truly the window to the soul. For the majority of the first act (aside from a few names and programmed phrases), it’s all ambience, Thomas Newman’s wonderful score and WALL-E himself. Perhaps of some inherent assumption that audiences will be put into instant unrest if a word isn’t spoken for five minutes, very few filmmakers have even attempted to dip their celluloid into the silent era waters. (Exceptions being Robert Zemeckis’ masterpiece Cast Away and recent festival favorite, Universal Signs.) It only makes Stanton’s work on WALL-E all the more exceptional and we’re not even out of the first act yet.

Unstifled by even the briefest hints at dialogue, encapsulated mostly by the Axiom’s captain (Jeff Garlin) and the ship’s computer, WALL-E never loses touch with it’s silent roots nor the earnest sense of storytelling that infectiously brushstrokes every individual movement. With the country promoting its agenda of “green” and everyone from Al Gore to M. Night Shyamalan offering their statistical parables on saving the planet, WALL-E effortlessly delivers its message without it ever feeling so. Sure it does so owing more than a few winks to Mike Judge’s unfairly unpromoted satire, Idiocracy, through both positive reinforcement of our favorite Earthbound qualities (like pizza and movies) and abject shame (the human characters are actually surprised when they can use their feet and aren’t hand-delivered everything.) But for the first time, viewers will walk out feeling exhilarated and hopeful instead of frightened and suicidal.

Kicked off by the short “Presto” (itself harkening back to the golden era of Looney Tunes), the WALL-E experience will not be duplicated by any trip to the movies in 2008 and possibly for years afterwards. It’s place in the annals of animation history will be unquestioned but this is also one of the great science-fiction tales, ranking with and lovingly paying homage to 2001, Star Wars, E.T. and another which will be clear when you discover the voice behind the Axiom’s computer. When I was seven it was Spielberg’s film that clued me in to everything the cinema had to offer; laughter, tears, excitement and the foundation of my life to come. Seeing WALL-E was like watching E.T. for the first time all over again and it’s blueprint is all over our newest stranded “alien” inquisitor with its consistent humor, race-to-the-finish chases and levels of joyful, tear-soaked poignancy equal to Elliott’s deathbed confessional or the final scene of City Lights. Not since Titanic will you have heard two prospective partners cry out each other’s names with as much longing (and frequency) and if there’s any karma, fate, or pure love out there to believe in than WALL-E will equal its attendance and then some.

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originally posted: 06/26/08 06:00:00
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User Comments

3/13/16 Charles Tatum A dry stab at social commentary 3 stars
4/02/12 Rita P WALL-E...still the most charming leading man in the movies. 5 stars
11/23/11 Dr. Chan Not a compelling story at all. And its rhetoric is not my taste. 1 stars
10/18/11 Magic Not even a disappointing third act can offset the brilliant first two thirds of this movie. 5 stars
3/03/11 Mona W/his binocular eyes you can see the very moment Wall-e falls in love w/Eve. Pure Magic. 5 stars
2/26/11 Rita Absolutely mesmerized by Wall-e and Eve. A masterpiece. 5 stars
1/13/11 carol miles Sorry I didn't see this on the big screen - it's wonderful 5 stars
8/03/10 Lana Pixar proves herself again, showing how actions speak louder than words. ADORABLE 5 stars
5/31/10 User Name Quite possibly Pixar's best. 4 stars
1/16/10 TravisN Loved this movie. 5 stars
12/21/09 Dr.Lao A visually stunning and thought provoking movie, but the juvenile humor feels out of place 4 stars
12/13/09 Micah Definitely my favorite of 2008. 5 stars
11/26/09 gabriel An average movie hyped to infinity. Completely cliché. if I was 10 again I would love it. 3 stars
11/15/09 Reality Of Films The film was okay, but it was too serious, and boring in parts. I'd give the movie a C. 3 stars
10/21/09 MP Bartley Even by Pixar's high standards, this is truly, truly exceptional. 5 stars
6/19/09 Beefsolver There is no beef between Spirited Away fans and WALL*E fans. Never was. Beef solved. 5 stars
3/25/09 mr.mike It was good. 4 stars
3/05/09 Morgan You hated Spirited Away but WORSHIP WALL-E?!?!!!?? 1 stars
1/20/09 Croweater88 brianodorf, that the worst review i have ever seen you write. For shame. 5 stars
1/14/09 clatz Fantastic movie, very sweet and moving 5 stars
1/08/09 Anonymous. one of the best animated films in a LONG time ;] 5 stars
11/27/08 Yvette It was great!! I recommend this for the whole family. 5 stars
11/26/08 Jonathan Pixar's like the '07 Patriots - they're chasing perfection. 5 stars
11/21/08 JD This film is the greatest animated film of the decade. 5 stars
11/20/08 KB5 Great message about the miracle of Life and it in all it's forms! 5 stars
11/16/08 Greets Another fine Pixar film that better than most live-action films this year 4 stars
9/30/08 Louise Clever and charming, with impressive animation 4 stars
9/16/08 Oiman Incredible, best movie ever 5 stars
9/11/08 Jon What can I say? This is another Pixar Classic. 5 stars
9/04/08 Rachel Wouldn't call this Pixar's best film ever - as some have - but it's definitely up there. 5 stars
8/27/08 Cathy It was okay, worth watching once - Some parts are good, but some parts are a little boring 3 stars
8/24/08 Samantha Pruitt i found it to be highly depressing, yet cute, hmmm, those chairs look awesome to have. 3 stars
8/12/08 Alice I dont understand the comments. Iam a huge disney fan but this sucked! Boring. 2 stars
8/05/08 E K Zimmerman Absolutely sublime - the best Pixar outing to date. 5 stars
7/30/08 ben dover 2 stars.brianorfdorf fuck you paki twat 5 stars
7/21/08 Moriazbane Perfection! Great love story. Adult entertainment, not for immature kids 5 stars
7/19/08 Shaun Wallner My daughter loves this movie! 5 stars
7/16/08 athenais Great movie!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/15/08 David Just goes to show "G" films don't have to be poison for adults. 5 stars
7/13/08 Private Without a hint of exaggeration.. modern masterpiece. 5 stars
7/13/08 D Fantastic 5 stars
7/13/08 George Barksdale I loved it, a great family movie 5 stars
7/11/08 toni awesome!!!! 5 stars
7/11/08 Flounder The film moved me to the verge of tears, which is a rarity today. My highest recommendation 5 stars
7/10/08 L. Slusarczyk A fabulous movie thats worth the price of admission. 5 stars
7/08/08 Jack Quite simply one of the best movies ever made. And yes, I cried too... 5 stars
7/07/08 mary m My 5 yr old niece loved it and so did I. I'll admit I cried. 5 stars
7/06/08 Mr X The best Pixar movie yet! Brianorndorf is just being a hater. 5 stars
7/05/08 AnnieG A Pixar movie made for grown-ups that kids may enjoy also. 5 stars
7/04/08 Craig The best quirky-little-robots-in-love movie ever! 5 stars
7/04/08 Matt This movie was TERRIBLE and BORING!!!!!! 1 stars
7/02/08 Leo S Hmm.. Not seeing it. It was ok, but it got tedious pretty quick 3 stars
7/01/08 Flounder One of the most unique, incredible trips to the movies I have have ever experienced 5 stars
6/30/08 Aaron Brian the gags on you. Corporatism musn't always be negative. 4 stars
6/30/08 Anthony You leave the theatre appreciating everything around you. 4 stars
6/30/08 PAUL SHORTT HILLARIOUS, HEARTFELT & EXTRAORDINARY COMEDY ADVENTURE THAT PUSHES ANIMATION TO NEW HEIGHTS 4 stars
6/30/08 Roy Smith Pixar produces perfectionc again 5 stars
6/30/08 Wolfrider Totally worth it - will definitely be looking for this one on DVD 5 stars
6/30/08 tmcmistress brian, your review is 1% criticism and 99% projecting. 5 stars
6/30/08 Kye Mitchell Wonderful movie! 4 stars
6/29/08 dan halberg take a valium, brianordorf! 5 stars
6/29/08 Robert Auto's voice was Macintalk. Sigourney Weaver was the more normal female voice of the ship 5 stars
6/29/08 Quigley WALL-E deeply moved my heart. Could very well be one of the greatest films ever made. 5 stars
6/28/08 Christof M. Bradford My rating is actually 4.9 stars, because as good as it is, WALL*E is not quite perfection. 5 stars
6/28/08 Bob lovable movie 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  27-Jun-2008 (G)
  DVD: 18-Nov-2008

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  27-Jun-2008
  DVD: 18-Nov-2008



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Directed by
  Andrew Stanton

Written by
  Andrew Stanton

Cast
  Fred Willard
  Jeff Garlin
  Ben Burtt



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