by O. Spooner
‘Even though for most of the first half of the film there isn’t really that much speech, it doesn’t make the film any worse.’
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin & Fred Willard
Synopsis: After earth is deemed “too full of trash”, a robot is left in charge of clean up whilst humans live on spaceships. But when another robot comes to look for signs of life (plants basically) he comes with her back to the axiom, the deluxe spaceship where humans are staying.
First of all, this film is great. Even though WALL-E is a robot, he acts like a human: he sleeps at night like most humans, and has some form of emotion. Some people may consider this to be unrealistic, as robots don’t show emotion in real life (they can’t think, therefore they can’t feel) but it is meant to show earth roughly eight hundred years into the future, so there is a possibility they might be able to feel at that point as technology is developing extremely fast so maybe by then, it might be able to happen.
Anyway, back to the film. The animation is really good, with some real-life footage too, but the way the real things and animated things blend together works really well. This could be the fact that all things in real life appear as things on screens, but it still blends in well. Even though for most of the first half of the film there isn’t really that much speech, it doesn’t make the film any worse. In fact using no words for a predominantly large part of the first half creates a darker mood compared to usual Pixar films and truly shows just how isolated earth has become. It also shows how minimal WALL-E is in the big picture.
Overall, this film is excellent and I strongly recommend it.
WALL-E is currently available on Disney + and was rated U by the BBFC.