Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wall-E movie review

Wall-E, Pixar's mega project after the highly entertaining Ratatouille. After propelling a rat (no less) to stardom, Pixar outdid itself by endearing a waste compactor machine to the audience.

Like all its works, Wall-E is peppered with with subtle messages that is really targeted at the adults. More so because there was no dialogue for the better half of the movie and no meaningful conversation in its entire duration. But then again, kids might just be entertained by Wall-E's innocent yet highly entertaining antics, a formula that has been perfected by Pixar's animators.


Plot

Earth has been overrun by the rubbish and pollution that its inhabitants have generated. The situation was so bad that a huge mother ship was constructed and wealthy earthlings were bundled off to the space beyond. The rest (the US president included) stuck it out on the dying planet and attempt to clean up the mess. (Spoilers ahead).

Forward 700 years, Wall-E, the only functioning machine of the series that was built to clear up the mess that humans created, met up with Eva, a probe that was sent by the mothership in search for life. Having developed self consciousness (a concept popularized by I, Robot) Wall-E longed for company and fallen head over heels for Eva. A classic case of love at first sight indeed.

So the story goes that Wall-E and Eva helped override A113, a directive that threatened to prevent the earthlings from returning to their beloved planet. So after 700 years, humans, with their rather determined Captain, began to populate Earth once more.

The Verdict

Recycle, or face the prospect of your descendants' fate determined by the actions of two emotional machines 700 years down the road. Although I hear Al Gore's ominous 'I told you so!', Wall-E is definitely more palatable than The Inconvenient Truth.

After redefining the image of a strong man in The Incredibles and reinforcing the message of 'believing in yourself' in Ratatouille, there's high expectations in Wall-E. Once again, Pixar has delivered. Not only that, while watching Wall-E, you could almost sense how much fun Pixar's animators are having. That, I believe, is the true mark of a phenomenal animation.

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18 comments:

Eaststopper said...

Wife and I absolutely enjoyed the movie. To re-live the magic, a visit to the movie website is a must and throws up somee pleasant surprises.

Best Eaststopper

My Bug Life said...

I am gonna catch this once it opens here...m still waiting.
I liked it in the trailer.

kyh said...

I love the trailer... esp the part where the lil robot covers his eyes with a bra... :P

lina said...

I watched the trailer and can't wait to see the whole movie.

C K said...

@eastopper,
Love the site! Spent some time with the online flash game... well, for those interested, you can go here

C K said...

@my bug life,
Eh? I always thought that moview usually open the latest in the UK.

Anyway, I'm waiting for Batman...

C K said...

@kyh,
Haha, but believe me, that wasn't the best part.

If I'm not wrong, you and my bug life will be able to catch the movie at around the same time.

waitingkitty said...

Yippee! Hubby and I are watching it tomorrow! :D

C K said...

@lina,
Well, be sure to be among the first to watch it when it comes! I'm sure your kids (and hubby) would love it!

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
... always curious, will it come with mandarin subtitles in HK? I believe it did (or will) in Singapore.

Anyway, enjoy the show!

waitingkitty said...

They dub Wall-E into Cantonese! As with all the other animation movies such as Finding Nemo, Kungfu Panda...And the English versions will come with Chinese subtitles in Traditional Chinese characters.

My Bug Life said...

CK..over here we are the slowest I think but we beat UK to Batman..it's already showing in theatres right now.

lina said...

sometimes we gotta love the fight of piracy. Because piracy is so rampant, we get to see our movies earlier here in Malaysia instead of months after everyone else watched it. (Not that I go to the movies much these days.... )

C K said...

@waitingkitty?
Really? But hey, at least the front part of the movie will be exactly alike... there's really no Cantonese substitution for 'Wall-E' and 'Eva', is there? lol

So which version will you go for? Tell us about what you think of the movie, will you? Cheers!

C K said...

@my bug life,
I've got to wait till this Friday for Batman though... but hey, we get the news that Batman was 'arrested' first! Try beating that! :)

C K said...

@lina,
That's the irony, isn't it? Places where piracy is an issue actually get to watch it first...

Hmm... got to single handedly kick start the piracy industry over here, just you wait! lol

waitingkitty said...

I will be going for the English version, of course, for goodness sake! Will tell you about it tomorrow after I watch it tonight. ;)

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
Got that... will be waiting for waitingkitty... uh-oh, I can sense another tomato's coming my way.

Hmm... perhaps I can look up youtube for the Canto version...