Saturday, September 20, 2008


movie review

Over the last few years, Pixar has managed to deliver one classic after another. No matter what the setting – be it the kitchen of a French restaurant or the waters of the East Australian Current – each film manages to create a fascinating world, offering both loveable characters and intriguing storylines. This time, the setting is outer space, and the very unlikely hero is a rusty little robot named WALL-E.

The film begins on a post-apocalyptic Earth, where the last remaining ‘Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth class’ robot finds itself in a world filled with waste and unable to sustain life. As WALL-E continues to clean up (or rather compact) the mess left behind by the humans, the unexpected arrival of another robot, EVE, triggers a journey into space that inadvertently ends up having some very significant consequences for the Earth and the human race.

A visual masterpiece, ‘WALL-E’ is a captivating cocktail of loneliness, hope, love, and perseverance, effortlessly possessing both wit and emotion, without using many words. Yes, there’s hardly any dialogue in the movie, but the very adorable WALL-E managed to say more with his actions, sounds, and big binocular-reminiscent eyes than most actors manage to say with spoken word. The movie is both heart-warming and thought-provoking at the same time. It remains original despite its many sci-fi influences, and its innovativeness is only surpassed by its charm and how deftly the visuals drive home the underlying message. A wonderful addition to Pixar’s line of classics, and undoubtedly one of their best efforts to date.

- By S.A.

Us Magazine, The News - 19th September, 2008