Wall-E: (Blu Ray) a lonely ‘bot and his roach, set out to clean polluted earth – which lands him on a wacky space adventure. Due to the lack of dialogue it relies on two things to engage the audience; the personification of Wall-E and descriptive music. It’s not totally dialogue free as there are talking humans and the bleeps / robo noises are used masterfully to convey basic language. The mid-section’s a happy-go-lucky robo-screwball, with slapstick and visual gags everywhere. Unfortunately, the story is pretty predictable and lacks the adult layer that makes the best animated films (like Finding Nemo) stand out. It’s also quite preachy and so critical about humans, fatness, our capitalist way of life, and the corporation that Al Gore could have co-written it. The broken robot uprising was a poor rip off of the broken toys in Toy Story. The sound throughout is pretty good but the picture’s two tales: brilliant in space but dull and cloudy on earth. Don’t get me wrong, I did like this, but it’s nowhere near as good as the aforementioned Pixar titles.

Score: 6.5/10

  1. woah, harsh mark. i actually find the stuff on earth more engaging before it becomes a bit forumlaic when he goes and saves the day in space, still a fantastic movie though. although i agree with you that Finding Nemo is the Pixar pinnacle. we’re pitting Walle against Up this week in a battle, look out for it Para


  2. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    I’m a HUGE Toy Story fanboy, and Nemo (as we’ve mentioned) is also phenomenal. Just didn’t think this film was in the same class as those two, and other Pixar titles. Wall-E just never grabbed me mainly because you could see the story from a mile away.

    Haven’t seen Up yet, but have heard nothing but good about it… although the same was true of Wall-E!!!


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