Calling Movie Reviewers: Wall-E

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I haven’t yet seen the Pixar movie Wall-E but I’m hearing rumors that it’s the best movie Pixar has ever made. I’m even hearing whispers of an Academy Award for “Best Picture”.

I love Pixar movies and intend to see Wall-E, but I wanted to hear from you guys as well. Have you seen the movie? Is it really as good as everyone says? How can it possibly be better than “The Incredibles?”

Comments

  1. says

    My six-year-old and I saw Wall-E just yesterday. It was wonderful. Much better than The Incredibles. Finding Nemo ranks very high for me, though, and I’m not sure Wall-E surpasses it. But it’s up there with Nemo, for me. Wall-E is stunning in its creativity, on many levels – from simply visual effects, to theme/concept, to character development (without nearly any dialogue!). It was great.

  2. says

    For me Wall-E was one of those rare films that I believe has more artistic value than entertainment value. Don’t get me wrong. It’s the most entertaining movie I’ve seen this year, but artisticly, it’s an amazing story with amazing visuals.

  3. says

    I haven’t seen it. I’ve heard mixed reviews. A good friend of mine saw it (she LOVES Pixar) and she didn’t like it. She was rather disappointed. I’ll probably wait till it comes out on DVD and then check it out.

  4. Clay says

    We saw it as a family last Saturday and were underwhelmed. There is no doubt that the folks at Pixar know how to make an animated movie, but there were waaaay too many political overtones for me. My wife wondered if this was timed for the election year. The message I got was, “Man is bad for the earth.” Sounds a lot like those who are radical environmentalists are the ones calling for this film to get all the awards.

  5. DeeDee says

    A large group of our youth(jr/sr high) went, including my daughters, and none of them were stunned by it. Some liked it better than others, but no one was “wowed”. Which I was surprised because my daughters love Pixar. One of them even said they wouldn’t even buy it!

  6. Michelle W. says

    Thumbs down. Way too politically correct. As soon as it was done, my eight year old said, “I did not like that movie.” On the up side, technically speaking, the animation is amazing.

  7. Stephen Altrogge says

    This is good. I’m glad I’m hearing both sides of the story.

    Several of you have mentioned a political element. Didn’t “Finding Nemo” have a bit of the same thing?

  8. says

    Pixar, wether they like to admit it or not, have always been political…but then, most movie houses are.

    I saw it yesterday with my 4 year old.

    The animation was great and the story line OK. and yes, it did have the “tree hugger” theme running throughout.

    On a scale from one to 10, it’s a 7…below Incredibles and Nemo.

  9. says

    The animation was incredible.

    The storyline & other aspects, not so incredible.

    The political/etc. undertones, especially towards the end, are a bit too much . . .

    But Wall-E is a really cute robot :]

  10. says

    Hmm… I thought that overall it was a really cute movie with really great animation and I don’t like to be a doomsayer….. but I’d have to say I left the movie pretty sad about the state of our society today. The song at the closing credits kind of summed up the underlying theme of the movie by talking about how we “evolved from apes” and how wonderful it is to get back down to the earth where we used to crawl around before we started climbing on trees and such. (Before we were actually humans, of course.)

    While there is the political tip to it, what saddened me was the fact that just like how the people in the movie forgot what living was, humans have forgotten who God is and can only search for the divine within robots and trying to find their ape-ness again. They better enjoy this life while they can, because someday soon the glory of God will be gone from their sight and they will no longer be able to look cluelessly into His stars and His creation pretending He doesn’t exist and imagining all sorts of other alternatives to Him.

    My heart yearns for people to see the truth and it saddens me that this is all our society has left to give our children now. I guess we can just take it as motivation to keep preaching the truth and the mysteries of the Gospel, so people can become entranced in God’s glory and not evolutionary nonsense. :)

  11. says

    Interesting . . . see, I’m not seeing this at ALL. I thought it was brilliant. (I had a link to my blog about it that pinged onto Stephen’s blog, not sure what happened to that.)

    I took a different message – that while humanity had messed up the earth, they were the ones supposed to take responsibility for fixing it. In fact, the basic premise is that humanity should take responsibility for the state of the earth, and that the earth ends up NOT being better off without humanity. In other words, I saw it as a movie that encouraged proper stewardship, rather than the depressing idea that “humanity is a cancer that the earth is better off without”. Yes, man is portrayed as bad for the earth . . . but man is later portrayed as having the potential to be GOOD for the earth.

    While there are some political themes in there, I wasn’t turned off by them, and think it is the best Pixar movie yet.

  12. says

    Within the first 10 minutes, we were inundated with pro-environmentalist and anti-globalization propaganda. (earth good, mankind bad, big business worse.

    Character development was extremely slow. All humans were portrayed as fat slobs. The cute band of sidekick robots each had potential for development, but nothing ever comes of it.

    The evil little robot on the AXIOM is suddenly friendly when they hit earth. (final robot love scene)

    There were no outtakes, that was disappointing.

    If I had never taken that art history class in college, I would not have recognized the progression of art styles during the closing credits.

    The hope of mankind is NOT in a single flower grown in a shoe. Nor is it in a flabby ship captain who is “enlightened”.

    700 years in space, and BnL still has enough stuff to dump giant blocks of it into space regularly? Sorry, concept problem here.

    Hand held fire extinguishers? Cute, but no.

    On one hand, shame on humans for wanting stuff, but then Wall*E is a hoarder of “stuff”, thats cute?

    Noted that when earth is seen as dirty or one should escape from it, North America is shown but when thoughts of returning, Europe is shown?

    All that being said:
    1. We are to be stewards of what God has given to us.
    2. ANY level of stuff is a problem when it replaces God.

    Personally, I was disappointed. $18 could have been spent on something else.

  13. says

    Supposedly, Andrew Stanton is Christian. You can read more about his intentions (and what he didn’t intent) in an interview with CT:

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/interviews/andrewstanton.html

    As for the movie, I think what Stanton was trying to accomplish was simple. He just wanted to tell a love story.

    There’s a quotation I found from Wikipedia:

    In an interview with World Magazine’s Megan Basham, Andrew Stanton explained his singular vision for WALL-E: “(W)hat really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that’s not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say?that irrational love defeats the world’s programming. You’ve got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love.”

  14. says

    well, i’m pixar’s self-proclaimed biggest fan. in my opinion, it was not the greatest. honestly, it was probably my least favorite pixar movie to date. :(

    character development of wall-e was great, very little dialogue but overall, great personality.

    everything that happened in and around the “ship” was somewhat cheezy to me. 700 years in space, big fat slobs that simply float around… was dumb in my opinion and the story line could have been much better.

    i may watch it again when it comes out so that i can see it with the director’s commentary. I’d like to know the thought process behind some of the scenes.

    On a happy note, the animation was great (as always for pixar), but this won’t be one I’ll be rushing out to add to my collection.

    oh, the short film at the beginning was hilarious, though!!! :D

  15. Chris T. says

    What a huge letdown. I took my 3-year-old son to Wall-E for his very first movie theatre experience. By the midpoint in the movie, he was asking when it would be over. There seem to be two types of Pixar movies. In the first, they develop a solid story line and then support that story with excellent character development and outstanding animation (Toy Story, Cars, Incredibles). In the second, Pixar throws their animation capabilities at a thinly developed concept without any real plot and use their brand to draw the masses (Ratatouille, Nemo). Wall-E definitely fits within this second category. In fact, the short before the movie was superior to the movie itself. My advice would be wait for the dollar theatre.

    The political statement mentioned in previous comments was shamelessly transparent. If I want a movie that presents obvious problems with no proposed answers, I can watch the talking heads on the cable news networks. Pixar shouldn’t aim their opinions at my kids in the form of cartoons.

    Not that I have a strong opinion on this….

  16. Chris T. says

    My wife said that I sound like the two old men in the balcony on the Muppet Show. Maybe she’s right. But then again, who wants to spend $8.50 on something only to be disappointed….

  17. says

    I took my son along to see it yesterday afternoon. He’s 5. I was hoping to surprise him. He did not enjoy the movie at all. He asked to leave about 5 times. He said he would have prefered something like Tarzan! At one point he asked me if they could put another movie in.

    Like most people have said, the movie wasn’t totally bad but just not all that great.

  18. says

    Not out in the UK yet but may well go and see it. Even if I disagree with it politically that’s an opportunity to think and engage with the issues. If it’s point is that man is bad for the world I probably agree… we’re not exactly ruling it the way we were meant to are we!

    Animation on the trailer looks very good.

  19. says

    My wife and I attended the 12:01 show in our city on opening night and we loved the movie.

    I agree with Joseph Li above, reading the interview beforehand does put some of the social commentary in a different light.

    I have talked to one or two people who gave some of the criticisms above, and here were my responses to them.

    There are lots of movies that have “messages,” but I’m not so sure WALL-E is one of them. I think this movie was designed for entertainment but it does include a small amount of social commentary. I mean its an animated movie about robots for crying out loud! It wasn’t made to be analyzed and applied to every aspect of life. Its about a lonely robot who falls in love with another robot. It requires you to forget about reality for a few minutes and laugh and cry about some robots. What fun!

    Many don’t appreciate the film’s portrayal of human beings, I think that while it is exaggerated, there are nuggets of truth there. Remember, most animated movies are from the perspective of non-humans anyway…Pixar has made movies centered on toys, fish, cars, bugs, rats, and so on. Don’t all of these movies criticize at least one aspect of human society. Its all sort of cute and tongue-in-cheek. It doesn’t mean we should all live like the toys or fish…the film is just centered on non-human characters and so the humans are portrayed as silly or unsophisticated, etc. We are meant to empathize with the robots, or toys, or bugs…those are the characters that the films are about and so the filmmakers try to put the human characters (if there are any) out of the spotlight. Sometimes they achieve this by painting the humans in an unflattering light. This is only meant to push us more towards those toys or fish or robots on which the movie is focused.

    Consider another animated film Over the Hedge. There is a scene in which one character, a raccoon, explains to a few other animals how obsessed humans are with food and so forth. It is pretty exaggerated, but there is certainly an element of truth there.

    WALL-E was great. My wife and I laughed a ton, we were touched by the sweet story, and amazed and the beautiful art in the world created around WALL-E. Its a must-see. It is at least as good as The Incredibles, which I considered to be, well, incredible.

  20. Courtney says

    We took our 4 and 7 year old opening night and all four of us LOVED this movie.

    We weren’t bothered at all by the pro-environmentalist innuendos. The fact of the matter is that as a whole we are very poor stewards of creation, our bodies and the earth. God appointed man to take care of the earth and on the whole we do a pretty lousy job.

    We took the opportunity on the way home from the theater to talk to our kids about our responsibility as Christians to practice good stewardship of the land and our bodies, the importance of being healthy and active and the consequences of laziness and obesity.

    Aside from the opportunity for a lesson, it was just an all around fun movie. I’m a sucker for a love story, even if it is a couple oddly paired robots. :)

    I would highly recommend the movie.

  21. says

    I loved Wall*E. It came out on my birthday–I saw it twice. I loved it because it was a non-romantic love story. Besides, WallE is so adorable! (girly, I know. But it’s still part of the reason why I loved the movie).

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