I am no movie critic but I am a huge fan of Pixar movies and 3D animation in general. I have to say, after seeing every Pixar movie multiple times over, that Wall-E ranks #1 out of them all, in front of Andrew Stanton’s last Pixar film: “Finding Nemo”. I was extremely impressed and pleasantly surprised by the the depth and emotion that was packed into a movie with such a seemingly simple “sci-fi” love story that had relatively, very little dialogue. I have not seen an animated movie to date that exudes such powerful emotion and incredible character development purely through meticulously executed animation.

From very shortly into the movie you know, understand, and have immediate sympathy for Wall-E. Pixar took the challenge of limited dialogue and turned it into the movies overwhelming strength, and an element of the movie that was irreplaceable. At no point in the movie did I think: “I wish the characters talked more”. The limited dialog in Wall-E has the same effect of reading a book, then seeing the movie for that same book afterward. The movie is never as good as the book because when reading a book your imagination creates the story the way you want it to be told and how you think it should look. The same is true in Wall-E with regard to the character’s dialogue. You were able to make up your own version of the story using any internal dialogue you wanted with the support of the incredible amount of detail and subtleties in the animation. Thinking about it now, I wish there was less dialogue!

Wall-E provided some of the best Pixar scenes to date

Wall-E’s character was a lovable, insecure and clumsy robot which provided for the seamless combination of comic relief and sympathy to create some of the greatest Pixar movie scene’s yet:

A couple Memorable Wall-E moments:

  • The shots that combined to make the scene when EVE enters into “shutdown mode” waiting to be picked up by the Axiom after finding life on earth were very emotional and combined extremely well to simultaneously establish the amount love and extreme loneliness Wall-E had in him. If you didn’t feel bad for Wall-E at this point in the movie, you had no heart. Wall-E getting struck by lightening multiple times while shielding EVE from the storm was hilarious and filled in any voids left, if, while watching you still didn’t understand the depths of Wall-E’s desire for a loving relationship.
  • The Scene when EVE and Wall-E are flying around in space after Wall-E ejected himself from the self-destructing pod using a fire extinguisher was visually stunning and beautifully done to capture the joy Wall-E and EVE provided each other. It also was a very well thought out visual demonstration of the differences in the two characters personalities. It further enhanced the power of their on-screen relationship and, as with most scenes it has some well placed comic relief.

Wall-E is more than a love story…

In addition to a nice simple love story with mis-haps and adventure, Wall-E presents a powerful, and hilarious social commentary as to the future of human existence that is far fetched but definitely opens your eyes to the sad possibilities of life and technology in 800 years. Pixar presents this commentary in a way that is used primarily to enhance the importance and power of Wall-E and Eve’s love for one another. the social commentary does not get in the way of the fun of movie and Pixar makes sure you don’t leave the theater feeling like “one of those terrible human creatures”.

For all the good there was one disappointment…

One thing that I was disappointed in, and surprised with in Wall-E was the use of actual human actors in the movie. As I can recall it was the first time this has been done in a Pixar movie and it didn’t seem necessary in this context. I’m sure there was a reason for it, as there usually is a reason for everything in the creation of a Pixar movie, but I really didn’t understand it. I thought the movie would have been just as good, if not better without the presence of human actors, especially the very recognizable Fred Willard. The combination of about 99% 3D animation and 1% actual human characters seemed to cheapen the movie a bit. I felt the same way about happy feet.