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by AnotherChris  June 29, 2008 2:52 pm

Wall-E

Let me start by saying I’m a pretty decent fan of Pixar. I’ve enjoyed their newer films better than some of the older titles and, until this past Friday, Ratatouille was my favorite. But Wall-E totally blew my mind. It’s not just one of the best Pixar films I’ve ever seen. It isn’t just one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. It is, hands down, one of the best films I have ever seen, period.

Having said that, it’s a tough film to really categorize. Is it Sci-Fi? Romance? Kids? Environmental? Comedy? Drama? In short, the answer is yes. It’s all of those things and so, so much more. I don’t want to spoil anything or give too much away because, quite frankly, I want you to get off your butt and go see this film. Below is an edited synopsis of the film from IMDB:

“What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets an incredible adventure into motion. Joining WALL-E on his journey across the universe is a cast of characters including a pet cockroach and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.”

In a nutshell, that’s the film. But it can’t convey the humor, the intelligence, and the heart that makes this film everything it is. The first third of the movie is basically a brilliant realized silent film. As the story progresses we get additional dialogue from other characters, so don’t think this is totally pre-Jazz Singer. Wall-E is a treat on every level. From an audio perspective, the music (both instrumental and songs) fit perfectly help drive our emotions. Visually, what can I say? This is the most amazing feast my eyes have ever been witness to. Virtually every scene, every object, every light looked real to me. With the exception of the humans, there were plenty of times when I had to remind myself that what I was watching was generated inside a computer. EVE, in particular, and the way she appears under various light sources, is amazing to watch.

There is plenty to tug the heartstrings in this film. I’m not going to say much more because I am really in danger of spoiling the whole thing. You have got to see this movie. Seriously, go right now. Stop cooking your meal, stopping working at your job and go see Wall-E.

But, seriously, who else but Pixar could make a cockroach cute?

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