Long overdue (no thanks to work), but better late than never!
If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you might recall that I started anticipating this movie way back in October 2007. I was superbly annoyed that it wasn’t premiering here the same time as the US, but a month later instead! Anyhow, when it came out, I shot off to the cinema as soon as I could to see it. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint. And they screened Presto too! (I was always very irked that I didn’t get to see Boundin’ on the big screen because for some inexplicable reason they didn’t screen it when I went to see.. er.. what was it again… *counts the years* Oh, Cars, I think.)
I really liked how the simple yet seemingly impossible story of two robots falling in love was connected to a save-the-world type of story (only it was more like “saving humanity from a useless, decadent life”). As I’ve said before, most striking was how they could hold your attention for so long with two characters who don’t talk except for random bleeps and boops. I think the only words WALL-E and EVE said throughout the movie were their names, “directive” and “plant.”
In the technical aspect, Pixar impressed again. Great textures, effects, animation… And truly, the animation is the outstanding part. To inject emotion into robots and to make the audience share those emotions… Fantastic. The comic parts were great, but I found the sad/touching parts absolutely wonderful – e.g. when EVE was seeing how WALL-E took care of her on Earth when she was in that standby mode, or when WALL-E couldn’t remember EVE. Scenes like those were just so striking to me because I was so absorbed in the story I forgot they were supposed to be inanimate objects with no feelings.
Of course, the real funny moments were priceless too. It was hugely funny when WALL-E couldn’t decide how to classify the thing he found (spoon or fork? Spork? Foon? hahahaha). I told my mother that WALL-E’s like a robotic Ariel – he hoards human stuff, just like our favourite mermaid did. Only Ariel put her stuff on stone shelves in her grotto and WALL-E stacks his things on revolving shelves in his little workshop. Oh! And that part with the bubble wrap. LOL. EVE’s reaction to the joys of popping bubble wrap (and her rapid-fire execution of it) was just so… human. And, and when WALL-E threw away a diamond ring but kept the blue box!! Hilarious – and so like little kids who throw away the new toy, but play with the box instead.
The sci-fi angle of the whole story was quite cool. It reminded me a little bit of Isaac Asimov’s stuff, as in it was like a very possible extrapolation of what humans could become; though of course Asimov explored more of a potential mental state (e.g. human attitudes towards robots and space travel) whereas this pokes fun at a potential physical state. There were also the fun little tech jokes – like the one that I didn’t notice until Jia Wern pointed it out while we were chatting: the little critters scuttling around in the garbage disposal area of the space ship were mice. Computer mice. hahahahahah
And I liked the usage of the Hello, Dolly! clips. That little injection of retro-ness into this futuristic world was sweet. *hums Put On Your Sunday Clothes*
Bottom line is: it’s a great show. Totally worth watching. But perhaps… perhaps it requires a certain level of appreciation for movies and animation. I know of a couple of people who didn’t like it that much – mostly, I think, due to the lack of dialogue. I still think it’s great anyway!
(I loved the little obsessed cleaner bot too. )