Wednesday, 25 June 2008

WALL-E Review


IN THE RED CORNER, THE LATEST PRODUCT FROM HEAVYWEIGHT TEAM PIXAR......WALL-E!!!!!! IN THE BLUE CORNER, THE DEFENDING CHAMP, THE BIRTH OF NON-HUMAN CHARACTERS WITH REAL HEART AND HUMAN-TRAITS.........E.T.!!!!!!!!!!! **DING DING DING** WALL-E smacks E.T. so hard in his Christina Ricci-like face im not surprised he wants to go home. Im just playing, without E.T. there probably wouldnt be any WALL-E (or Drew Barrymore lol, I heard she was born and raised specifically to be cute in that film.....what!! thats what I heard!!)


I have literally been counting down the release of this film since it was mentioned Feb 2007 and OMG it didnt disappoint. This film is like the sneaky guy who hops in a cab to get miles ahead in a race and nobody understands how they got there so fast. Wall-E is practically standing at the finish line with binoculars watching the other animations sluggishly compete enviously. I cant believe they have made an almost silent film and still managed to impress us...I bet they could release a film with no movement what-so-ever and we'd still be glued to our seats starring at a still-life image for 2 hours in sheer delight. The visuals top 'Cars', and the story tops 'Finding Nemo'. They really hit the jackpot.


I was amazed by the design & movement of our hero WALL-E. His caterpillar track wheels manage to be true to the physics, yet his creative use of them allows him to perform very imaginative actions. His rusted and worn metal panels manage to show he is no spring chicken but are not overbearing to the point where admiration and endearment cannot be felt for him. I also loved the way he cowers into a perfect square when he is scared. The beginning is magical, the entrance of EVE is spectacular, the humour is subtle, appropriately placed and gags are never dwelled upon like DreamWorks films which give it longevity. I do think the ship based scenes were too different from the other sepia toned scenes and they felt out of place. I would even stretch to say they were not of the same standard as even the humans were not much more impressive than those of 'Toy Story 2' but regardless the rest of the film is more than good enough to assure a 5 star rating from me (and of course Empire). One of the greatest cinema experiences Iv ever had I got my fix. Only 359 days til the next Pixar film 'UP' out 17th July 2009, I CANT WAIT!!!!!

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