|Directed by:||Andrew Stanton|
|Cast:||Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy|
I was looking forward to seeing Wall-E for awhile now, but man, what a treat! Wall-E turned out to be one of the sweetest, most heartfelt romantic comedies I have ever seen! Itís truly a story about the power of love, done through animation so brilliant and with a sci-fi backdrop that is impossible to dismiss. I loved just about everything this film had to offer, including its story, which is not only original and a complete breath of fresh air compared to all the other animated films out there, but it required very little dialogue to convey its message and keep me engaged. How many times can you say that a film simply captivated you without any dialogue whatsoever!? Well, this film did just that, as it takes us from earth to space in a story that revolves around transformation and love, but also hints loudly at humans and our actions, specifically consumerism and environmentalism. Itís bizarre how these underlying messages get jammed into a movie about a cute robot who makes garbage cubes, but they are there, they are fairly obvious, but never detracting from the heart of the movie!
The characters are also special. Wall-E is just likable all around and proves to be very relatable to any viewer. He seeks companionship, he goes out of his way to find it, and he is persistent, curious and friendly. His every step, gaze, act of curiousness and loving touch make him a complete gem to observe, as he proves to be a character worthy of our attention. His heart is what gives the movie its magic! The action is also there, with plenty of spaceships flying around, space travel, chases, and races against the clock. In fact, the first half of this film is so fascinating, as it proves to be a character study, done with breathtaking visuals and sceneries, while the second half has that formulaic nature in terms of its action and ending, but also takes its time delivering its message and ties up the loose ends nicely. Together, we get to witness movie magic, with character depth, action galore, and maybe most important, incredible visuals that are by far the best Iíve seen in any movie in my lifetime!
Overall, Wall-E has a lot of heart, a lot of messages to convey, characters that are relatable and fun, visuals that are out of this world, and a good olí fashioned romance at its core. Itís not just a kids movie, no wayÖitís an everyoneís movie! I am proud to put this in my Top 10 List for the year, and on my list of greatest animated movies of all time!