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I am sorry to say I absolutely despise this movie.
The only good thing about this movie is that the main characters, Wall-E and Eve, are adorable. I loved how Wall-E embarked to get Eve back because he loved her. It was really cute But other than that, this movie is painful. I don't mind the lack of talking, but they could have at least TRIED to make it attention-grabbing. I don't like how dull and murky the visuals are. I love bright and colorful movies. I understand that this movie is about the deserted planet in the future, but I honestly think humans will never abandon Earth, nor will they need to. But that's besides the point.
Why make a movie like this anyway? I am all for supporting the environment but this does no good since it's something so far into the future and may not even happen at all. And the humans are ridiculous. They all look the same, and they're all morbidly obese. If humans DID go off into space to live away from Earth, would they all become fat blobs and not even care? No, I'm sure at least SOME of them would be self-conscious or concerned about their health. If there's one thing I can't stand, then it's "environmentally-friendly" media portraying humans as lazy worthless slobs. There's nothing wrong with being fat but all the humans were the exact same body weight as if the creators were too lazy to create different body types.
This is a dull, unappealing movie and I see no reason for watching it except for the cute characters. It's a shame. They don't belong in such an absurd movie.
Wall-E is a film from Pixar and was released in 2008, the film was directed by the same director who made Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton.
The two main "characters" are Wall-E, he is a Waste allocation Load Lifter Earth Class, he is a robot that looks after his bit of land and EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), a posh female robot.
=The setting of the film=
The film is set in the future, to be precise the year 2805, where no one lives on earth as earth as it was known had been destroyed by over population, not taking care of the environment, and people now living in space type hotels who have waistline that almost match their heights as they do nothing bar travel around on space age personal rocket chairs. The basis to this being that earth was too damaged to live on and never really got anything to survive on earth. The impression I perceived was that the space team don't really want people on earth as there lose their income, but this impression isn't picked up by the children.
Left on Earth is just Wall-E, his only friend in life is a cockroach, Wall-E keeps tidying his section of the garbage area, and compresses it, although if he likes an item he stores it, Ladies this is the bit we cringe!! Wall-E finds a rock of a diamond ring, so he chucks the ring away and keeps the gift box. Wall-E takes solace in this old musical on a video and loves watching and then dancing to it. During the first part of the film it mainly concentrated on Wall-E, as a adult both at the cinema and every time I watch the film, I almost feel that this section just dragged on a bit too long.
=We now meet EVE=
The style of the film changes when we meet EVE, almost immediately it becomes apparent that Wall-E loves EVE. EVE is a Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), and she has been sent down to earth to see if the plant has changed and is suitable for the human race to return to. During the tour around they find a seedling, which shows there is life on earth, this then causes EVE to shut down as her job on earth as been done, this part I found upsetting, very daft for an adult, but you want to protect Wall-E from getting hurt and you really feel sorry for him.
Again from here we go into another heart string puller, as EVE returns to the spaceship and Wall-E goes with her, at this point the film turns around into the extent from being so sedentary to some action, as it becomes apparent that the spaceship does not want the humans to leave, and the robots on board will do everything they can to stop the fact that there is life on earth (the plant seed) becoming discovered, so you have Wall-E and EVE versus the world.
As with all children's film the good character wins....
Although my daughter loved the film she was 7 when it came out, all we heard at the time for about the next month was Wall-E love EVE in a Walle-E voice, so for children it does have a lasting effect.
=Would I recommend=
It's ok, I wouldn't necessary run out and go and see it if it came out in 3D, as some of the films are now doing. DVD if you can pick it for under £5 then for an "I'm bored" afternoon it does the job.
I can see from other reviews here on dooyoo, that this film is a bit of a Marmite film, with most people generally agreeing it is fabulous and others really disliking it. Here is my take on the film Wall-E.
The film was made by Pixar of Monsters INC and Finding Nemo fame, the entire film is animation and I genuinely am astounded by the quality of graphics available in our modern day.
Wall-E is a robot living on Planet Earth after all the humans have left for a better life in space. Earth is one giant dustbin and plans for a clean-up operation haven't gone quite to plan so the humans are still living on what can only be described as the Starship Enterprise in outer space. Wall-E compacts garbage and lives in his den with his only friend in the world, the cockroach, which can seemingly withstand a nuclear war.
All that changes when a new robot comes to Earth (Eve, but Wall-E says it "Eeeevvvva") with a mission to get the necessary items so that the humans can recolonise the planet. Lots of things stand in their way but over time Wall-E and Eve become friends and focus on the mission Eve was sent to Earth for.
The plot moves to outer space where the humans have become lazy, fat and their bones have disintegrated due to lack of activity. They are brainwashed by the people running the show and aren't very aware of their surroundings.
Lots of things try to stop the mission, can Wall-E and Eve succeed in re-colonisation Earth? You'll have to watch it to find out.
Wall- E is without doubt one of the sweetest characters ever created. Such cute facial expressions and noises. He is very funny throughout the film despite saying hardly anything but "Eeeeeva". Eve and the rest of the robots have some personality traits about them and in my opinion, Pixar are very clever with the way they move the robots to convey expression as they hardly have any dialogue throughout the film.
**Will I like it?**
It really depends on your outlook. It is a film for kids, it has action, adventure and fabulous animations and graphics. It had me laughing out loud (despite not being a fan of robot stuff) but in parts I found it a little bit of a struggle to follow the plot due to lack of dialogue (was faffing about with something at the same time, but it wasn't a film you could listen to, you had to watch it for the "facial" expressions. I immediately fell in love with the characters. I did feel the plot was a little bit weak in parts and not explained clearly enough. Another review on here said it was 'preachy' as it warns us of the dangers of polluting the planet, but to be fair, if it educates kids about environmental issues, I'm all up for that.
Overall, I would watch this film again. We purchased it for our Disney collection, not all films make it to that shelf so I think it is going to be a classic over time. Give it a go.
Wall-E is another collaboration between animation giants Disney and Pixar and delivers what we have come to expect from such a meeting of the two companies.
Wall-E is a robot - his directive is simple - clean up earth after humans have made it so full of their trash/waste that it's not long inhabitable for humans, or any life for that matter, except robots and cockroaches.
The humans have left to cruise around space whilst an army of robots cleans up however thousands of years later, only Wall-E and his cockroach friend remain as he does his job day in and day out.
One day a new robot arrives on a mission to find a plant growing - something which Wall-E has already found.
The humans stuck on a ship and becoming increasingly fat and lazy, with the ships autopilot on a power trip, are unaware they can return home. So together with the Captain, Wall-E and Eve must overcome the autopilot and return mankind to earth.
This is a great story, which isn't only about humans returning to earth but love between two robots and to some extend their struggle to overcome their purpose for being built.
The graphics and animation are fantastic as one has come to expect. There isn't much dialogue for most of the movie but this gives a great atmosphere to the film that is simple and yet speaks volumes.
It contains some great old style music which is reminiscent of the classic Disney era of their live action films.
The characters are fantastic and something everyone can identify with.
I highly recommend this film, it's for everyone not just the kids! A fantastic family film.
I was a bit unsure about what my 2 daughters would make of this movie - mainly as there are no princesses involved!
However, they loved it and in the last 6 months we must have watched it over 100 times.
WALL-E is a robot who has been on Earth for hundreds of years, cleaning up the mess that the humans left when they abandoned the planet as it was no longer able to sustain human life.
WALL-E was originally part of a massive team of clean up robots, but over the years all the others broke down and fell by the wayside. WALL-E however, is unique as he somehow managed to develop a personality. He's built himself a home and finds spare parts to fix himself with if anything wears out.
For the first 45 minutes or so of this film there is practically no dialogue - for this reason alone it is amazing that it can hold the attention span of a small child so well as everything that happens is solely visual.
WALL-E's life changes one day when a spaceship arrives with another robot - EVE. WALL-E quickly falls head over heels in love with EVE and shows her around his home.
WALL-E has his own working video recorder and a copy of Hello Dolly that he loves. The music from Hello Dolly is used subtly and in a very clever way throughout the film to set the scene - adding a retro touch to a very modern film.
WALL-E hitches a lift with EVE back to the main spaceship where the people of Earth now have a colony. The main plot of the film is that the Earth can now support life once again,as plants are able to grow. EVE is trying to get this information back to the human colony with WALLE's help.
There are lots of funny moments in this film. Often centred around the fact that all the humans have got used to a life of luxury and are now all massively obese - it's definitely a good advert for what happens if you don't keep active!
This is a top film and it's amazing how much you can find yourself rooting for the robots once they have been given the Disney Pixar magic touch.
Any kids, and most adults will love this film.
Wall-e, a really good movie!
Runtime: 98 minutes
Genre: Animation, comedy
Ben Burtt as Wall-e (voice)
Elissa Knight as EVE (voice)
Jeff Garlin as Captain (voice)
Sigourney Weaver as Ships computer (voice)
The movie is about a little robot called 'Wall-e'. Wall-e is the only robot left on the planet cleaning up the mess that mankind has left behind. The people have left hundreds of years ago and are now living in luxuriously spaceships. They left with the idea to return after the robots had cleaned up everything on earth, but most of them have giving up on the idea. Back on earth Wall-e is still cleaning the mess, but Wall-e is different for all the other robots, he's feels and is alive! Next to the cleaning, he's collecting beautiful stuff and is for example crazy on this old movie he got on his little television. While he's cleaning suddenly a spaceships arrives from the skies and landed next to him. From that spaceship a female robot, called EVE, arrives on earth with the mission to find live. From the first moment Wall-e sees her, he falls in love with her and he got himself the most difficult mission in life to make EVE able to fall in love with him. Unfortunately it doesn't help much when EVE succeeds in her mission and is being picked up again by the spaceship to return home. Because Wall-E doesn't give up that easily and goes after her!
Wall-E, is a small cleaning robot left on earth. Voice is done by Ben Burtt, for me unknown actor. But you don't really hear him in the movie anyway, because Wall-E hardly speaks. Wall-E is living on earth with the assignment to clean up earth. He's the only robot still working, but the big difference with all the other robots is he feels. He got a little friend on earth and collects beautiful things. He also got his own house on earth.
EVE, stands for 'Extraterrestrial Vegetative Evaluator ' and the voice is done by Elissa Knight. Also this actor is unknown to me, but she did do one of the voices in the movie Cars. EVE is a much more advanced robot then Wall-E and has the goal to find life on earth.
Captain, is one of the few characters that actually speaks in this movie, and his voice is done by Jeff Garlin. As captain on a spaceship he will run into EVE as she has found life on earth and will quickly be impressed by Wall-E.
There are a few nice extras on the DVD:
Burn-E, a new short movie. This is a short movie about one of the maintenance robots on the spaceship in the actual movie. The robot gets locked out of the spaceship. Nice little movie to watch but not as funny as the actual movie.
Presto, short movie. This short movie is about a rabbit and the magician. Also nice, but has nothing to do with the movie itself.
- Non used scenes
- Audiocommentary of Andrew Stanton
- Animation sound design: Worlds build with sounds
I found it difficult to write about a movie without ruin the whole story, but wall-e is really a great movie to watch. I was first very skeptical about this movie, because how can a non talking robot be funny? But I was wrong. For me Wall-e is in the same category as Finding Nemo. You will laugh about the stupid movements and reactions and the sounds they make. Especially the reaction of wall-e when he rides over his little friend is the best! This movie is great to watch if you want to have a good laugh.
Wall-E is Pixar's 9th? Film, released in 2008, and directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo). The film is based on the earth in the year 2805 which has been destroyed by over population / breeding and general not looking after the environment issues.
** spoiler warning**
We follow Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class - think Johhny 5 in appearance) a cute little robot who is one of the last 'living' things around (he may be a robot but he sure has a soul too), who still dutifully compresses the garbage scattered around the deserted town he's in (I don't think it says where he actually is), replacing his damaged parts from those of his long fallen brethren. His only companion is naturally a cockroach (he's cute too surprisingly), his only respite coming from the brick-a-brack he finds, and watching/ dancing along to an old musical he has found. This opening half is nearly completely silent and is amazing as we follow Wall-E around the now wasteland which looks astonishing (I wish I had blu-ray at the time!)
Things change when EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) is sent to earth to see if the planet is now suitable for humans again (us humans are on a huge space cruiser getting fatter and fatter. Waiting for 700 years for the robots to clean up our mess - Preachy).
The pair team up (after she first tries to kill him) and Wall-E shows her around and soon falls for her. EVE then sees a plant seedling which Wall-E finds and shuts down immediately, her directive completed - this is another fantastic part of the film as Wall-E looks after the 'dead' EVE like a person does if a relative is in a coma. It's very sweet and touching.
Then the film takes a turn for a worse (but it has to go somewhere to be fair) and the pair go up on the space cruiser with the plant (Wall-E tags along) to show the humans they can come home. It changes the film completely and there is a lot of action (I assume to wake up the kids after the slow burning first 45 minutes - a shame), as the space cruiser's auto pilot has gone a bit Space 2001 and doesn't want the humans to leave. It's fun to watch but aimed more for kids then want went before it.
A great sweet movie which the family will enjoy but perhaps because it's differing components not love as a whole, but well worth a watch or five just for Wall-E him self and for how gorgeous it looks - the fire extinguisher scene in space in particular. Just a shame the whole 90 minutes couldn't be like the first 45-60.
The unique thing about this film is the lack of talking through the majority of the movie. If you don't mind this, then it is a brilliant film. The way they have put together a film which uses hardly any dialogue is just incredible, because either way, you're still hooked and they've put it together in a way where you get emotionally attached to the characters themselves. Each of the characters in this film are unique and humorous to watch, i think the idea of adding comedy made it some what more enjoyable to watch; it helped replace the non-dialogue in the film. The special effects/graphics in this movie are also unbelievable as are the majority of Pixar films. This is definitely a film that you will either hate or love. If you are happy enough to enjoy the film for what it is and not worry about the lack of dialogue then this is the film for you, however, if you get distracted easily and like to see the action straight away then i wouldn't suggest this is a film for you.
Before the release of Wall-E, Pixar's previous film Ratatouille had quickly become my favourite Pixar creation, I fell in love with it and when I heard about Wall-E I was sceptical, I didn't think the general storyline would work and I didn't really like the idea of a robot that didn't speak being the film's main protagonist, I really thought it could be the first Pixar film I didn't enjoy and I certainly didn't think it would reach the heights of Ratatouille.
The year is 2805 and due to mass consumerism throughout the 21st century, caused by mega-corporation Buy 'n' Large, the planet has become covered in garbage to the point it has become inhospitable. Humankind has left Earth, leaving it in the hands of some trash compacting robots but over the years they have succumbed to the power of time and broken down, rusted and fallen apart, with the earth still in the same dire state only one remains, Wall-E, his only companion a cockroach.
As I mentioned I really didn't think the film would work but to my surprise I quickly became hooked. Throughout his 700 years of solitude Wall-E has become a curious being. He collects treasures of old and before compacting any trash he checks there isn't anything interesting buried deep down. Then one day when carrying out his daily tasks he finds a plant much to his amazement, he has never seen one before. Later that day a spaceship arrives dropping off another robot, the futuristic EVE, whose purpose is to scan the earth for signs of life.
The first thing that struck me is that for the first 30 minutes of the film there is barely any dialogue from the main characters, Wall-E just makes sounds and although EVE seemingly can talk she only seems to know how to say her name and the word 'directive'. Still somehow the charm of Wall-E just pulls you in. He has emotions, he watches films he has found in the mountains of garbage and fantasizes about these things actually happening. He wants to discover life and fall in love but he has no idea what life was like before the human race departed.
Despite the fact that Wall-E doesn't speak you still relate to him and the way the creators allow you to interact with him is superb. It is all down to Pixar's brilliant animation skills and the fact they have a unique ability to bring anything to life. Wall-E's body language is the main way we know how he is feeling, simple things such as the way his eyes move. As well as Wall-E the creators have to bring EVE to life, and I can imagine this was much harder, she has less features but again they succeed and although her body language helps us it is again mainly the movements of her eyes that allow us access to what she feels.
With just the body language as a device for the audience to relate to the characters though, I am certain the film wouldn't have worked at all. Music plays an extremely important role in allowing the audience to access their emotions. Through the music we realise exactly what is going and paired with the body language, it is perfect and to my surprise works brilliantly.
As the story advances EVE eventually leads Wall-E to the humans, which have become very odd looking, they have become shapeless, they have very short legs and very short arms with seemingly normal length bodies and big bellies. Unfortunately when the humans enter the story for me it loses some of its charm. After the creators had made Wall-E and his relationship with EVE so charming and found a way for us to relate to voiceless characters I would have gladly sat and watched just that for the rest of the film. Like I have said before, I feel that Pixar's strength is in bringing things to life that don't have human emotions and although the humans in this film don't really look like humans do today it just doesn't quite work.
This is also the first Pixar film to feature live-action, which can only be described as a brave move. It does work pretty well but like the animated humans in the film it takes something away from the usual charm of Pixar's animations. Other than this however, the characters are perfect. Wall-E is funny, curious and he has real desires. Throughout the film he doesn't really change much but he does initiate change in other characters. EVE begins being very robotic and emotionless, she has a real sense of duty and only cares about her directive. But she can't help but be infected by Wall-E and how funny and charming he is, she soon begins to show emotion and realise that Wall-E is in love with her. Despite not being a fan of the human characters I have to say they are convincing and do provide some funny moments.
The animation, as in all Pixar films, is flawless. The dystopia that Wall-E is living in at the beginning of the film is great. It is desolate; skyscrapers have been replaced by huge towers of garbage cubes. The attention to detail here is astonishing; the variety of items you see in the mounds of rubbish is great. Then when we travel to the Axiom we have a completely contrasting image, a utopia. It is bright and colourful, everything is spotless and there is no rubbish to be seen. Again, the detail levels are astonishing from the varieties of futuristic robots to the thousands of adverts displayed in front of the humans.
The story is predominantly a sci-fi and it is a great sci-fi film. It easily ranks up at the top with genres best and is definitely one of the best I have seen that was made within the last decade. However, it is also a love story and very moving love story. I really felt something for Wall-E I sympathised with him and his futile life and then rooted for him as he becomes the saviour of mankind, whilst trying to impress EVE and win her over.
This film is great and Wall-E is my favourite Pixar character by far, he is just so likeable and you really do end up rooting for him and willing him to succeed. Like the Pixar films I have previously reviewed, this is a film I would recommend to adults and children alike, no matter how old you are you will enjoy this film.
BLU RAY DISC
For the first time in years I decided I would watch some of the extras on this films disc, mainly because it is the first Pixar film I have bought since I upgraded to high definition. Firstly, I have to say that the picture quality is absolutely stunning, I have seen the film on DVD and this is 10 times sharper, brighter and it just looks great. If you have a blu-ray player and haven't yet bought this film it is worth it just for the picture quality.
The first of the extras I watched were the two Pixar shorts featured on this disc the first Presto which is about a hungry rabbit who has to perform tricks for its owner who is a magician. This short animation is very funny and thoroughly enjoyable. The second short is Burn-E a short film about a robot welder that works on the Axiom, this film is very entertaining, it shows how the events through Wall-E disrupt the one simple task that that the robot has to perform. It is very funny anvd almost as enjoyable as Wall-E itself.
I have also watched the two commentaries featured on the disc. The first is a commentary by co-writer and director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton, where he reveals the thought process of writing the screenplay for the film and the process of animating it plus how he wanted each character to be interpreted among many other things. Accompanying this throughout the film there are images of how the characters were created displayed, from the first sketches to the first time they were computer generated. This is all very interesting but after about 45 minutes it did become quite boring and I only sat through it for the images of the original sketches etc.
The second commentary is by four other people involved with Pixar and the creation of this film. This is just four people talking over the film telling you about anything and everything from star trek to scientists' views on how a fire extinguisher would work in space. This is the more interesting of the two commentaries and through it you find out that within Wall-E there are references to many classic films from Aliens to The Poseidon Adventure.
Overall I would say that the blu-ray disc is definitely worth the few pounds extra. The shorts are great and although one of the commentaries does get boring they are both worth watching. There is also a second disc with more extras on that I haven't yet watched so all in all I would recommend paying that little extra for the blu-ray disc.
Planet Earth has become uninhabitable, and it's left to a fleet of rubbish clearing robots to make the world ready for the return of the human race. However, only one robot has lasted... Wall-E. Little Wall-E is still cleaning all by himself, but he collects his own "treasures" as well from the rubbish left behind. One day, a huge ship lands on Earth and leaves behind a new robot called EVE. At first the two robots don't know what to make of each other, but quickly Wall-E knows he wants to be Eve's friend and has more feelings for her. When the fate of the human race on Earth soon depends on Wall-E and Eve working together to fight off the corporation determined to keep the fat humans onboard the spaceship, will their feelings for each other win out in the end?
Harry is finally starting to get into watching movies with me, and I want to introduce him to a range of different things and not just talking dogs. When my mum and I went to rent a video, we got a free family rental too and eventually I chose this. I hoped the cute little robots would appeal to Harry but I didn't expect to fall in love with the delightfully loveable Wall-E myself. The movie is aimed at children, but if adults would take the time to watch this, I bet they would love it's gentle story, message and beautiful animation as well.
What immediately got my attention with this film was the immediate lack of dialogue. Not only that, but neither Harry or I actually cared that Wall-E wasn't speaking because he was so fascinating to watch and we were mesmerised. It goes nearly 30 minutes without a single word being uttered and this goes to show what a captivating movie this is. Wall-E is adorable right from the off, you care about him because he seems to have feelings that a robot shouldn't have such as loneliness, compassion and love. He's extremely sweet - he collects treasure but his view of precious items is definitely different from that of humans... perhaps this film serves as a lesson to us all not to be so materialistic?
There are morals woven throughout this film, and they are primarily there for the adult audience although I do think younger children will be able to pick up on some of them. The world is ruined by litter in the movie, the human race have become fat slobs who only communicate by computer and don't walk/exercise anymore, and I do wonder if Pixar are giving us a glimpse into the future of our planet. Are they trying to warn us with this film? Whatever the case, it does make you think, and even Harry commented on the fat humans and asked why they didn't walk around. It's thought provoking in that aspect, and it's good for children to see this sort of thing, even if only in a cartoon form.
For me though, it was the love story between Wall-E and Eve which made this film so amazing. Techincally, neither of these machines should have any feelings for each other at all - they are created for a purpose and that should be their mission. However, against the odds these two fall in love, and the wonderful development of their relationship is just so touching to watch and will melt the heart of the staunchest unromantic! Wall-E learns about human relationships through videos of old movies, and realises he wants to hold Eve's hand, and Eve finding out about this is the most beautiful scene, and it almost made me well up with tears, it is so well done and I have to credit the writers for the way they have approached this.
Dialogue in the movie comes courtesy of the animated humans such as the ship's captain, a couple of passengers and the ship's auto pilot system. These scenes are limited, so the movie does rely on action to propell itself forward but watching these sweet robots is so easy, you begin to care about them and therefore want to watch and see how it is going to end for them. The voices of Wall-E and Eve match the characters perfectly, distorted due to their mechanical nature but when they say each other's name, it reminds you of a child learning to talk! I adored Wall-E, his little mannerisms made him so loveable, and those big eyes are no coincedence... they are there to make you love him more!
I am just utterly mad for this movie now, and I'm definitely going to be buying Harry his own copy... and I just might have to borrow it too! The standard of animation is extremely high here, it was a joy to watch and Pixar have created 2 beautiful characters here you cannot help but adore right from the start. Children will love the adventures of Wall-E and Eve, but hopefully also care about their coming together as well. The soundtrack complements what is happening on-screen and one scene in particular stands out for me in terms of musicality, animation and story, and that is Wall-E and Eve in space dancing... just pure magic. I cannot recommend it enough - please watch it, even if you don't have children! This is heart-warming children's movies at their best - well done Pixar.
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Written by Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter
Running Time: 98 minutes
Ben Burtt ... WALL·E / M-O (voice)
Elissa Knight ... EVE (voice)
Jeff Garlin ... Captain McCrea (voice)
Fred Willard ... Shelby Forthright - BnL CEO
MacInTalk ... AUTO (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... John (voice)
Kathy Najimy ... Mary (voice)
Sigourney Weaver ... Ship's Computer (voice)
Thank you for reading!
At the beginning of the twenty second century, Earth is deserted - years of throwaway consumerism have left the earth covered in waste, and made the air unbreathable to humans . Luckily, the Buy N Large company have removed all the humans to a safer place, leaving robots named WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth) to clear up . However, there is just one such robot still functioning, spending his days pushing waste from one place to another and compacting it into blocks, in the hope of making earth habitable again . This robot has somehow evolved human emotions, including loneliness, and spends his time in the company of a cockroach - that is, until EVE, (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) comes to Earth, tasked with finding out if any plant life has returned, which would signal to the humans it is safe to return. WALL-E quickly falls for EVE and finds a way to get onto the ship . Does Eve love him in return ? Will it ever be safe for the humans to return to Earth, and if they did, would they stop being so fat and lazy.
From the start (which incidentally is a good 20 or so minutes without any speech whatsoever) there is a strong environmental message in this film, and especially as we see how fat and lazy, and completely incapable of looking after themselves the human race has become, it seems as though this film has an agenda . Now, I don't mind films with a strong message, provided that it is either made clear before watching that there is a message, OR that it is handled in such a way as not to detract from the story of the film itself.
Sadly, I felt this strong preachy message in the film actually obscured the quite sweet little love story going on between the two robots. My daughter got bored and wandered off about ten minutes in, perhaps bored by the lack of dialogue, and I have to say I considered turning it off there and then, but no, I'd paid to rent this and I was going to watch it!
Don't get me wrong, this is a stunning film visually, Pixar have as usual created a visual masterpiece. The robots are quite sweet, with distinct looks and personalities, and I did find myself caring a little about Wall-E - but only a little . The scenery is varied and interesting, and the fillm is at times rather thought provoking .
Overall though, while I appreciated the amount of skill that went into it, I found the plot much too serious and preachy for my liking . My daughter lost interest very quickly, and I only watched it because I'd paid to rent it and I wanted my moneys worth . It didn't keep me gripped, it annoyed me with the overly strong environmental element, and I just really didn't enjoy it . I was bored most of the way through!
Sadly, only 1 star from me .
I felt this film was more of a romance than a classic childrens film - not Harry met Sally but Wall-E met "Eva". My 9 year old had no problem understanding the relationship aspects of this film - falling in love, wanting to be a friend and the struggle involved in finding Eve. My youngest child (who is 4 years old) enjoyed this film for the visual aspect and the humorous moments - his favorite scenes being those in Wall-Es container. Wall-E was dazzled by many day to day objects, again his responses caused many giggles! My youngest is socially bright but had to repeated ask questions based on the relationships between Eve and Wall-E, uncertainty brewing when they became separated. We loved the animation and the very modern story line of immobile obese people being supported by ICT to the point of over dependence. A fabulous and original film.
Every so often a childrens movie comes along that I really want to see, 'Ice Age' was one, I'm desperate to see 'Up' but last night I finally got to watch 'Wall-E'. This was a film that some of my friends had talked about some time ago saying that it was fantastically funny - and I would certainly have to agree with them.
The scene is set in the far distant future mankind has had to abandon earth because of the fact the whole surface is covered in rubbish meaning life is no longer sustainable on the plant. The villain of this particular part of the story is a company called 'Buy N Large', although this really could be a crack at any of the mega chains that litter every town in every country of our world.
Mankinds idea is to leave earth is a huge spaceship while leaving earth to a set of machines called 'Wall-E's', these machines task is to clean up the earth so that life is once again sustainable and humans can return. All however seems to have gone wrong as the only form of life, both artificial and living are one remaining 'Wall-E' and an indestructible cockroach.
Wall-E continues to stick to his task, spending every day tidying and then returning to his metal shell of a home for 700 hundred years until a spaceship lands and deploys 'Eve', a highly advanced robot dedicated to trying to find forms of fresh life on Earth.
Perhaps Wall-E is lonely, or perhaps it truly is love at first site but he instantly falls head over heals for Eve, she does not seem to understand this emotion (as robots are prone not to do), the rest of the tale is Wall-E the puppy dog trying to win over and eventually save his ideal robot.
I genuinely laughed out loud throughout this movie, which in itself is a rarity, some movies make me crack a smile, but to actually make me laugh is hard to do (what a grumpy old bum I sound like), both of the main characters seem unable to communicate on the most part with their only way to interact by saying their own names.
Wall-E is incredibly life like, and although his design was blatantly stolen from 'Short Circuit' he is one of the most humorous animated characters I have ever seen, you also feel like you can relate to him, the amount of times the words 'Wall-E' and 'Eve' are said should really get annoying, but somehow each time the true emotion of what the character is trying to convey comes across.
This was Pixars massive 2008 release, Pixar are probably the most recognised animation film production company around at the moment having comes out with such animation masterpieces as 'Monsters Inc', 'Cars', 'Toy Story' and 'The Incredibles'. I could happily argue though that even against such fierce competition that this has overnight become my favourite animated movie of all time.
The graphics are fantastic throughout, a lot of the movie is based out in space, but also on the giant spaceship carrying the humans you have hundreds if not thousands of things going on at once, I imagine this film took an awfully long time to make as no stone appears to have gone unturned.
I have made my feelings quite clear throughout this review, but as a general recap I think this is a lovely family film that will amuse all ages, it had my other half on the brink of tears when she thought something awful was going to happen and it had me in near hysterics at times as well. This wouldn't generally be the sort of film I would go in for as you can tell by the fact I missed the boat with this one by over a year but my word am I pleased that it is now a member of my DVD collection.
Wall E is another in a line of successful animated films produced by the hugely successful and well known Pixar company. The film is classed as a computer animated science fiction one with a comedy element and also a dramatic love story.It was released in the summer of 2008 and was very successful at the box office and also gained a number of positive reviews from film critics. The film won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and also the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was also nominated for five other Academy Awards.
The film is set in the future where mankind has had to abandon earth because it has become covered with rubbish and waste . Wall-E is a rubbish collecting robot and has been left to clean up the mess. All the other cleaning robots have broken down. WALL-E is alone on Earth except for a pet cockroach. One day, Eve, an investigative style robot, is sent to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable on Earth. WALL-E falls in love with Eve and he also rescues Eve from a dust storm and shows her a living plant he found amongst the rubble. One day a very large ship arrives to collect Eve. Wall E refuses to let go of Eve and clings on to the ship. I am not going to give away the rest of the plot and to find out the rest of the plot and what happens once he gets onto the ship and whether he is able to gain the love of Eve you will have to watch the film!
I saw this film in the cinema and the animation and special effects were great and as realistic as any animated movie I had ever seen. It was quite spectacular in this sense. The story is quite moving and the film contains both interesting and involving characters. WALL E, as a character, has dimension, personality, and heart which is pretty impressive given the fact that he is essentially a robot used to collect rubbish. Pixar has created a film with a touching story and also one which uses the great technology and special effects it has at its disposal. The film can be enjoyed by virtually anyone of any age and is quite unique in its appeal. There is not alot of dialogue in the film and the number of characters is not numerous but it does not matter too much as it does work well.
The film also has a message about not only how each individual must find his own special place in the world but also how we should enjoy and preserve the place on earth we all call home.
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Produced by: Jim Morris
Music by: Thomas Newman
Editing by: Stephen Schaffer
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release date: July 18, 2008 (UK)
Running time: 98 minutes
I like Pixar's films (who doesn't?) - the likes of Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles combined great concepts with fantastic storylines to create brilliant movies... And then they made Wall E.
The wife and I watched Wall E on Disney Cinemagic last night and so this is a film-only review.
Wall E is set hundreds of years into the future where the human race has left Earth and is orbiting the universe in a giant space ship. The reason we've all left is because Earth is a dump - there's rubbish and litter everywhere and it's generally uninhabitable as nothing grows any more. The only thing left on Earth is Wall E - a lovable robot whose job it is to tidy up the planet. Wall E is lonely until one day a new robot comes to Earth scanning for signs of life. Wall E falls in love with the new robot and follows her back to the mother ship when she leaves. Will Wall E be able to find the new robot? Will the human race return to Earth? Does anyone care?
I'll start off with the positives: Wall E looks amazing as all Pixar films do - the characters are well-crafted and excellently animated. However, in this day and age that's just not enough. Pixar aren't the only ones who do animated films and it's not enough to rely on a bit of eye candy to make a good film.
At a little over 90 minutes it's not too long - a fact you'll be thankful for if you get as bored watching it as I did.
And now for the negatives: firstly, nothing really happens. I'll not spoil the end of the film for those who haven't watched it, but it really isn't worth seeing or anything you'll really care about.
Secondly for the first half of the film there is very, very little dialogue other than a couple of bleeps and blips from Wall E - I realise he's a robot, but if the toys in toy story can talk, why can't Wall E? I suppose you could argue that it adds to his character, but to me it just made the film drag on and made me feel bored almost right from the start. The storyline too is poor, with only a couple of characters and no twist or turns to keep you interested in the film.
Some of you will think that I'm being a bit harsh in my criticism and maybe I am... it's not the worst film in the world, but it's certainly not the best either. I suppose I was just disappointed as Pixar's other films have been fantastic - for me Wall E was a big let-down.