A new masterpiece from Pixar
The film takes a page from the beginning of cinema, emphasizing its visuals over any kind of dialogue. While Wall-E and EVE are constantly making sounds, few words are ever shaped. And the film is all the better for it; the bleeps and squeaks become far more endearing than if Wall-E actually spoke. Extended coherent dialogue isnít even introduced until well into the film when the humans actually appear, and everything that comes before it is sheer genius. Wall-E wheels across the deserted planet with his cockroach friend and with a single raise of the eyes, we know everything about him. His romance with EVE is the purest film romance since Charlie Chaplin gazed at the blind girl in CITY LIGHTS. The climax of the film (an emotional climax, rather than action-oriented) rightfully deserved such lofty comparisons. Filled with enough honesty and genuine feeling to melt even the hardest of hearts and draw tears from anyone, the filmmakers have accomplished something extraordinary; theyíve made the world fall in love with two of HALís cousins.
Rather than churning out an easy fluff exercise, Pixar has made something truly special. Risking a lot in telling a story about a robot who cannot speak and setting it in a serious-minded dystopian future isnít exactly the key to success in a G-rated family film. But WALL-E is a film that should be ranked alongside SNOW WHITE, FANTASIA, THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and TOY STORY as a milestone in animation storytelling. And more than that, it deserves to be included among all the other love stories that will last forever.
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