[NO SPOILERS, BUT MAY CAUSE RISE IN EXPECTATION]
There are many movies that make you wonder why you actually spent almost ten bucks. WALL-E is worth every penny and then some. As we have come to expect, Pixar has delivered yet another film that is far more than just visually stunning, offering up a top-notch story as well.
Seven hundreds years in the future, the Earth is empty of people and a solitary robot named WALL-E spends his days cleaning up a thoroughly trashed world. Then one day, a gigantic ship lands and a completely different kind of robot arrives. From there, we get to follow an adventure that not only dazzles us but actually makes us think.
Nowadays, it almost seems that the less dialogue in a film, the better. For the first part of this story, the dialogue is almost non-existent, everything being communicated with gestures and expressions and the merest of sounds. Just that alone makes WALL-E unique.
The price of admission is worth it just for the art and graphic design. WALL-E would be worth a second or third, ten-dollar look simply to give you another chance to feast your eyes.
The story is fun and unpredictable and heart-warming. And as if that wasn’t enough, there is more than one theme (admittedly borderline PC) that can make even the shallowest of us ponder significant ideas. There is the eerie reality of omnipotent megacorporations. There is a stark image of a defeated natural world. There is enough here for the most adamant of Luddites to examine a technology-infested world.
The cherry on top is found before the movie even starts. Pixar’s tradition of offering up a short film is carried on with a story called “Presto” about a magician and his rabbit. It was quite a breath of cinematic air to actually be laughing whole-heartedly before the main feature even began. Of all the short Pixar films, “Presto” is a close second only to “For the Birds.”
WALL-E itself might be rivaled only by The Incredibles. Time will tell. The only thing that The Incredibles possibly has over WALL-E is that the protagonists are human. But as we get to know WALL-E better by seeing this film again and again, this little robot might even compete for that category.