WALL-E is a 2008 animated movie directed by Andrew Stanton, and starring Ben Burt and Elissa Knight. It follows two robots who must save the human race by bringing them back to Earth. This movie is personally my favorite Pixar movie, and arguably one of the best films ever made.
This movie takes place in the far future, when pollution has made the Earth uninhabitable. To combat this, humans create robots to clean up the trash while they temporarily move to space, originally for only 5 years. WALL-E follows WALL-E, the last of these robots still functioning almost 700 years later. Something went wrong, and, the cleanup process took much longer than intended. However, WALL-E’s life is soon changed when he meets EVE, a droid sent by the humans to discover if Earth is inhabitable. Together, WALL-E and EVE journey to the human spaceship in order to bring them home, and eventually fall in love with each other.
This film really is quite amazing. Despite having the main characters literally only saying two words during the whole movie, it has a better and sweeter romance plot than many live action films. There’s a scene where WALL-E and EVE are “dancing” out in space by flying around each other. It’s simply beautiful. Also, the main character, WALL-E, is incredibly lovable. The name Wally actually means naive, and that’s appropriate for the main character, as he’s incredibly curious and naive. He’s similar to R2D2, in that although neither of them talk, both have very distinct and likable personalities.
Another aspect about this film that I loved is the music. WALL-E carries around a tape deck with songs from the musical Hello, Dolly! He uses these to show his emotions and what he’s feeling. Additionally, there’s also scenes set to the classic song, La Vie En Rose. And the ending scene with the song It only takes a moment, is simply gorgeous. I’m not ashamed to admit I was crying a little bit when the credits rolled.
The only small problem WALL-E has is that the second half doesn’t really compare to the first half. The first half of this film consists of WALL-E meeting EVE and trying to swoon her. It’s very sweet and also hilarious. The second half has them running around the human spaceship trying to find a plant in order to bring the humans home. It feels a little too similar to Monster’s Inc in a way, and it honestly doesn’t even feel like it’s in the same film as the first half. Granted, the aforementioned “Dancing Scene” also occurs during this half, so it really isn’t terribly bad.
Overall, WALL-E is arguably Pixar’s masterpiece. It’s an incredible film, and it can be watched by all ages. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you’re absolutely missing out.