Writer/director Andrew Stanton (both Toy Storys, Finding Nemo) is a genius.
Packed with imagery WALL-E is multi-dimensional. Dig a little deeper and those dimensions have dimensions.
While humorously exploring a multitude of social issues unique to this generation, Stanton’s story is also simple, and he connects his cute robots to your kids and the kid in you. WALL-E is a first-rate rivet-you-to-your-seat laugh fest.
Set 700 years into the future, Earth is literally a scrap yard and all vegetation is dead. Humans are exiled to a giant spaceship parked in a dusty nebula. Stuck in ever-moving lounge chairs, and fed gobs of calorie-packed goo via cup and straw, the now hyper-obese humans beings have machines serving their every need. Reality is virtual.
Back on Earth, the film’s main character is a robot named WALL-E. With cockroach pal in tow, WALL-E is still cleaning up the mess. Then, EVE arrives. Everything changes.
Metaphors aside, WALL-E is also the year’s sweetest love story. To the strains of music from Hello Dolly, the looking-glass eyes of an average 8 to 5 blue-collar working-class machine are quickly turned by the svelte, supermodel robot of the future. She glides into his life, and he falls hard. To her, his awkward clunking and clanking is endearing.
Their love is best expressed in a novel space chase. I envy those seeing this in the Blue Ray format.
What makes Stanton’s story even more original is the non-dialogue. Love unfolds in the clicks and clatter of robot chatter, their expressions and their posture. It’s beautiful.
I normally rate movies in zero to five stars. WALL-E is an exception. Give it a six.
Mr. Movie rating: 6 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.