Plot: Wall-E is a robot trash compactor who builds skyscrapers of garbage on an overly polluted Earth. After relocating trash for 700 years, his life receives much-needed excitement from a survey droid named Eve. Before Wall-E has a moment to think, he embarks on a journey to save Eve but becomes involved in a struggle to rescue humanity.
Appropriate Audience: This movie is rated G, though it’s one of the few movies all families, couples, children and adults can enjoy. The one requirement is that you can appreciate simplicity and a plot that leaves itself for viewer interpretation.
Visuals: It’s Pixar. They’ve produced quality animation since 1979. Once again, they haven’t failed.
Sound and Music: There aren’t many songs in Wall-E, but what melodies exist are very subtle. Each note flows with its scene, nothing slips out of place. The only noticeable, reoccurring theme comes from a recording of Hello, Dolly.
The sound effects are accurate and well articulated. Ship engines sound like ship engines, echoes ring like echoes and sounds rarely deviate from their practical origin. I can only recall one instance when they do: a cockroach makes a modest “poing” after being flattened.
Dialogue: Wall-E and Eve don’t possess an extensive vocabulary, and dialogue is nonexistent for the first half of the movie. But it works. Immersion is easier when an audience is required to observe instead of watch. Character animation takes the place of dialogue, and Pixar does it perfectly.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead: This movie gushes delicious, believable satire. It reveals that removing life’s strains and necessities will demolish value in anything important.
People aboard the Axiom don’t need to walk, hit a tennis ball, read a book or pull a straw to their lips: they have machines for all those activities, even raising children! Pixar has satirized the present culture of technology by projecting it into the future, predicting what we’ll become if iPods and computers continue dominating our lives.
Wall-E ultimately becomes the savior of man-kind’s humanity, reintroducing humans to a harsh life on Earth where they’re required to walk and look away from the computer screen. Isn’t it ironic that a robot does that?
Ending: Wall-E ends with happy scenes, but they’re questionable. Would Wall-E really have been fixable? If plants are rare on Earth, would the atmosphere have enough oxygen to support the humans like it did? Would the humans really have been able to walk?
Several questions exist, but they’re only nit-picks. The ending is still enjoyable, especially if you embrace the larger picture of what happened.
Overall: Above all the satire and humor, Wall-E’s adventures teach us an important moral: At the end of the day, everything is secondary to the power of holding hands. That’s worth watching again and again.
Keep Wall-E in your movie cabinet for life. You won’t be disappointed.