I should make a confession at the start of this review, I have only just watched this film and it is the first Pixar film I have seen since The Incredibles back in 2004. Being quite into films I have heard many good things about Wall-E and have been meaning to see it but not ever being cheap on DVD has prevented me. Well finally having seen it I can say that I loved it.
The story follows what appears to be the last running cleanup robot on Earth and his mission to clean the plannet of all the rubbish that has rendered the place uninhabitable. Humans have evacuated in giant space craft and left the planet to be be cleaned. As Wall-E goes about his tasks he salvages trinkets he seems fond of and returns them to his home with his only friend a small insect. When a brand new robot turns up on a secret mission, Wall-E looks to find love and to complete a quest to hold hands.
In some one had told me that I would be this moved by an animated film I would have laughed at them as the only moments that tend to get to me are the heroic sacrifice and the warrior who goes down swinging moments in action movies. Other than these instances I am quite unemotinal when watching movies but there were times in this that I was so attached to the characters and the story, and interested in the romance between two robots that I was starting to question my sanity. Thinking about it I think the biggest complement I can give to Wall-E is that the film has heart. Put simply it is just a nice film and a good romantic story.
The visuals are great, the opening may be a bit brown but the later sections come to life with bright colours. I loved the look of the film and with each change in the story the aesthetics changed, but the picture was never poorly framed. My personal favorite scene was the dancing in space scene, the colours and visuals were beautiful to watch and a treat for the eyes. Even in the brown dull colours of Earth at the beginning Pixar manage to create some great visuals, such as Eve getting annoyed and destroying some derelict tankers.
The animation is top notch and I cannot understand how Pixar make you care so much for what is effectively a box with eyes but they do. I am amazed how much they can make him emote with out speaking really at all. Eve has a bit more ability to do things but again does not really speak making you dependent on understanding and connecting tot the characters, something I think is easier to do because they do not speak, you end up watching them more than you would a talking character and the viewer really connects tot the characters.
I believe that there are two people that require special mention on this film, the first is Thomas Newman for the soundtrack he created for the film. The music is very important for this film to work as the lack of dialog leaves situations where the music will boost the feelings the film is trying to get across and the score is perfect and completes this job superbly. The other is the guy that came up with the idea of using a Mac voice program for the voice of the Auto Pilot character, it was a stroke of genius as I was trying to place the voice but did not realise it was a program until I had looked it up.
As far as I am concerned this is the perfect computer animated film, possibly the perfect animated film although I may still like the Lion King better. This film is a great romantic film that happens to be between two robots but it also contains a message about protecting the planet. I cannot recommend this film enough, and if like me you have not seen it I highly recommend you do as you will not be disappointed.