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Time Out says

Tue Jul 15 2008

Humans land a raw deal when it comes to animations. We upright, two-legged creatures regularly have to give way to the superior intelligence or endless fascination of a deer or a dog or a penguin. It’s part of the bargain: we draw them, they make us look stupid.
And so it is with ‘Wall-E’, except this time we have only ourselves to blame. Pixar has drawn inspiration for this bold, bleak and often very beautiful film from the worst approximations of the future we’re shaping for our planet.

In Pixar’s previous film, ‘Ratatouille’, it was a sewer rat who brilliantly grabbed our attention and revolutionised French cuisine. For ‘Wall-E’, humans again take a back seat, and it’s a robot with a cube for a belly and binoculars for eyes who’s bleeping for our love. When we do, finally, encounter humans – living on a self-sufficient spaceship, waited on by robots, sucking on straws – they’re fat, sedentary, greedy and unpleasant.

Plus ça change: from Cruella de Vil to our fellow folk in ‘Happy Feet’, cartoons have always held a mirror up to our selfish instincts.This time it’s 2700, and we’ve polluted ourselves out of existence. The only humans left live a sterile, bloated life high above earth, where we decamp for the second, more frenetic and less inspired half of the film. But everything that comes before is magical. The only animate object left in the lifeless, rust-coloured, dusty landscape of urban desolation that we used to call earth is one tireless mechanical waste-collector called Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class). He lives in a cluttered container and spends his days buzzing about, piling up junk to look like skyscrapers or Mayan temples and sucking up sun for his solar panels. His only company is a lonesome cockroach.

So that’s one robot, a cockroach and a vision of earth gone to pot. This is a cartoon that offers an uncompromising, imaginative, angry portrait of the future. It’s daring in its simplicity: for the first 40 minutes, we watch in wonder as Wall-E goes about his business in near silence; it’s the sharp intelligence of the detail, always so painstakingly rendered, that most amazes. At one point, Wall-E finds an abandoned diamond ring in a jewellery box. What does he do with it? He throws away the ring and plays with the hinges of the container. Of course he does: hinges should fascinate more than precious minerals. Shame on us for not realising that before.

By rights, Wall-E shouldn’t be cute in the Bambi or Dumbo sense of the word: he’s battered and fading and the only noises he makes are computerised drawls not dissimilar to ET’s limited lingo. But Wall-E is alluring, and not because he’s got big eyes or dangling eyelashes but because he’s smart, hard-working, with a romantic side, and is hopelessly addicted to watching clips of Michael Crawford and Barbra Streisand in Gene Kelly’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ on a video screen. He’s everything we should have been if we hadn’t put all our energy into destroying the planet.
But none of this is preachy or obvious.

Environmental destruction is only the breathtaking backdrop to the film and it’s more the minimalism of Wall-E’s existence that fascinates. By the time a sleeker, feminine robot called Eve – who looks like an iPod shaped into a pepper-pot – arrives, we’re craving her company in sympathy with our mechanised friend. Pixar has done it again. I wonder a little what kids will make of the long silence of the first half followed by the disorienting mania of the second, but there’s nothing here that’s not wonderfully imagined and lovingly presented.

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Fri Jul 18, 2008

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ARI

it is the greatest movie I've ever seen, some people said it is bad but i think they saw another movie, i saw wall-e for 12 times and i still enjoy it

ARI

it is the greatest movie I've ever seen, some people said it is bad but i think they saw another movie, i saw wall-e for 12 times and i still enjoy it

Amy

i personally loved the first part of the film - i could have watched that cute little robot on his voyage of discovery for the length of the entire film, what spoiled the film for me was the arrival of humans - in short talking and madcap behaviour ruined it for me, it just didnt need words to make it beautiful the beauty lies with empathy and imagination. i have given this an exactly 1/2 was rating because 1/2 is worth 5 stars the other is worth at most 2

victoria

WALL-E IS THE WORST FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT WAS RATED 5 STARS WHY????/?? IF I COULD RATE IT ZERO STARS I WOULD. IT WAS A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. THERE ARE HARDLY NO FUNNY BITS IN IT. BORING......... DONT WATCH IT. IT IS RUBBISH

sean

Wall-e is so good ,YOU CAN'T MISS IT!!!!!!!!!!!! It is action packed and full of suprises.

sean

Wall-e is so good ,YOU CAN'T MISS IT!!!!!!!!!!!! It is action packed and full of suprises.

Victoria

I did not particularry enjoy this film, but I am sure little children about 5-7 years would love it.

Ruby

Loved it! LOL at the cuteness and couldn't believe the robot romance. Friends were like "You're 14 for goodness' sakes!" but I enjoyed it and so did my little sis Rhiannon. Must see movie, I strongly disagree with some of the other comments who badmouth this hit.

Ruby

Loved it! LOL at the cuteness and couldn't believe the robot romance. Friends were like "You're 14 for goodness' sakes!" but I enjoyed it and so did my little sis Rhiannon. Must see movie, I strongly disagree with some of the other comments who badmouth this hit.

Guess who

This film is ok but it drags on for ages. I would reccomend taking your kids to this film they will love it.

Laura

I could not wait to see Wall-e after the amazing reviews it had had, but when I saw it I was only disappointed. I thought there was no real storyline. Although the end of the film was good, I wouldn't recommended it, or buy it on DVD.

aneetsa aged 38

I watched this with my 4yr old and 6 year old and we thought it quite wonderful. Afterwards we had a lot to talk about so it wasn't just entertaining, funny and heartwarming the layer of commentary about love, future, mankind, hope and salvation made it thought provoking too. I'd rather watch this than HSM 3 which the kids wanted to see but then we discovered was out the next day. I was secretly glad about that

aneetsa aged 38

I watched this with my 4yr old and 6 year old and we thought it quite wonderful. Afterwards we had a lot to talk about so it wasn't just entertaining, funny and heartwarming the layer of commentary about love, future, mankind, hope and salvation made it thought provoking too. I'd rather watch this than HSM 3 which the kids wanted to see but then we discovered was out the next day. I was secretly glad about that

candyfloss

I totally agree with flo. I am also thirteen but thought wall e was good the background was spectacular. I also think wall e's voice is sooooooooo cute!!!!

candyfloss

I totally agree with flo. I am also thirteen but thought wall e was good the background was spectacular. I also think wall e's voice is sooooooooo cute!!!!

flo

such a sweet film. perfect for the kids but even at 13 i still loved it. my mum and stepdad both saw it without kids, and they loved it. beautiful stunning film. the scene with wall-e and eva floating through space is just truly magical. a wonderful film

flo

such a sweet film. perfect for the kids but even at 13 i still loved it. my mum and stepdad both saw it without kids, and they loved it. beautiful stunning film. the scene with wall-e and eva floating through space is just truly magical. a wonderful film

Scabadus

Sure, it's a brilliant film, but it is NOT better than the Dark Night (as TimeOut's rating suggests)

LAURA

I WENT WITH MY NAN AND GRANDAD AND WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS BRILL IT WAS CUTE LOVED IT

LAURA

I WENT WITH MY NAN AND GRANDAD AND WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS BRILL IT WAS CUTE LOVED IT

Martin R

This is a REALLY GOOD FILM.... ! Well done Pixar ! The striking things about this film for me were; 1) The imagery of the Empty Earth / the first 40 minutes or so - this is pure sci-fi, great to see someone elses impression of what that might look like (not unlike the recent "I am Legend", although apart from the imagery I found this to be a poor film). 2) Pixar are really taking a chance with their audience - the eco aware generation could have nightmares about us trashing the planet. Well, this is what I would look like. As well as that, Americans (and the peoples of other 1st world countries) DO have very sedantry lives - full of adverts, time savers and short cuts. This film may wake its viewers up to the full consequences of that kind of lifestyle. As I said - Pixar taking a risk here. 3) The attachment WALL-E has to the imagery it constantly refers back too - the music and dancing of Michael Crawford in Hello Dolly. This is simply wonderful, and opens up many interpretations for the viewer. Quite brilliant. 4) The "love at first sight" WALL-E has for Eva had me hooked immediately too - because this "love" is somehow lifted from the music and pictures from Hello Dolly. The music is a strong reference point. 5) The last 30 minutes or so are much more routine Pixar/Disney - complete with inevitable happy ending. This was less satisfying - but it had to happen ! I viewed the film with my 5 year old son and he loved it. We adults also loved it. Outstanding, and outstanding too because unlike Toy Story, Incredibles, Nemo, Cars, etc - WALL-E takes risks. For this alone Pixar deserve a slap on the back.

Martin R

This is a REALLY GOOD FILM.... ! Well done Pixar ! The striking things about this film for me were; 1) The imagery of the Empty Earth / the first 40 minutes or so - this is pure sci-fi, great to see someone elses impression of what that might look like (not unlike the recent "I am Legend", although apart from the imagery I found this to be a poor film). 2) Pixar are really taking a chance with their audience - the eco aware generation could have nightmares about us trashing the planet. Well, this is what I would look like. As well as that, Americans (and the peoples of other 1st world countries) DO have very sedantry lives - full of adverts, time savers and short cuts. This film may wake its viewers up to the full consequences of that kind of lifestyle. As I said - Pixar taking a risk here. 3) The attachment WALL-E has to the imagery it constantly refers back too - the music and dancing of Michael Crawford in Hello Dolly. This is simply wonderful, and opens up many interpretations for the viewer. Quite brilliant. 4) The "love at first sight" WALL-E has for Eva had me hooked immediately too - because this "love" is somehow lifted from the music and pictures from Hello Dolly. The music is a strong reference point. 5) The last 30 minutes or so are much more routine Pixar/Disney - complete with inevitable happy ending. This was less satisfying - but it had to happen ! I viewed the film with my 5 year old son and he loved it. We adults also loved it. Outstanding, and outstanding too because unlike Toy Story, Incredibles, Nemo, Cars, etc - WALL-E takes risks. For this alone Pixar deserve a slap on the back.

sky

Overhyped, boring, heavy handed, no storyline, nothing of interest happening onscreen, silly action, improbable ending, repetitive. Fair enough, stunning animation, but that alone does not a good film make.

gregleeds

The kids were mesmerised!! An amazing film with a great message. Humour, love, and social commentary. Excellent.

gregleeds

The kids were mesmerised!! An amazing film with a great message. Humour, love, and social commentary. Excellent.

york students

Virtually non-existant story line, almost as bad as Happy Feet - We are all for making people aware of consumerism and human impacts, but preaching through cartoons is not how it should be done! Disagree with the idea, disappointed with the ending, the animation was good (but then this is Pixar, they have the best people working on it!), that is all that might save the film. They had it right with Ratatouille, but have gone very wrong with this...! They're trying a bit too hard to make a point by the looks of it...

oliver &amp; verity

"it was brilliant - lots of good parts and funny parts and especially MO - always cleaning up. Now seen it twice, got the game, and the toys and bought the T-shirt " (Oliver age 6)

oliver &amp; verity

"it was brilliant - lots of good parts and funny parts and especially MO - always cleaning up. Now seen it twice, got the game, and the toys and bought the T-shirt " (Oliver age 6)

Dianne Love

I didn't enjoy this film as much as I thought I would so I felt a little disappointed but there were some heartwarming moments. I loved the fat people idea lol. In contrast my daughter enjoyed this film much more than she anticipated. I definately think its boring for younger children, I'd say aged 10 upwards.

H

The Worst Film I Have Ever Seen In My Hole Life ! Disney Pixars Worst Film BOOOORRRIINNNNGG!!!

ben

good for 3-6 year olds but for older ages a bore and rubbish storyline pixars worst film to date!

Andy

Look, the film as some people have been saying is, in terms of animation, fantastic, wall-e is a really touching film, but from many people I have spoken too it is too slow for young children, Infact I would say your child yould need to be at least 11 to fully appreciate this film, younger then that and they will soon get bored of the slow story line this film offers. From only being 15 my self, I liked it, although having 3 cousins aged 10, 9 and 8, I know for a fact the film can be boring for children without alot of patience and maturity. Overall a great film.

Andy

Look, the film as some people have been saying is, in terms of animation, fantastic, wall-e is a really touching film, but from many people I have spoken too it is too slow for young children, Infact I would say your child yould need to be at least 11 to fully appreciate this film, younger then that and they will soon get bored of the slow story line this film offers. From only being 15 my self, I liked it, although having 3 cousins aged 10, 9 and 8, I know for a fact the film can be boring for children without alot of patience and maturity. Overall a great film.

ali

the buildup was quit boring but when eve came then it started to become interesting i would rate this movie the best all year

ali

the buildup was quit boring but when eve came then it started to become interesting i would rate this movie the best all year

Della

If you didn't like the silent 40mins at the start you must be a idiot. If a 20ft screen with a very wonderful and amazingly animated Wall E can not hold you attention, I question whether you should have had children.

Della

If you didn't like the silent 40mins at the start you must be a idiot. If a 20ft screen with a very wonderful and amazingly animated Wall E can not hold you attention, I question whether you should have had children.

Martin

Overlong - would have made a good 10 minute short. Does not compare with Toy Story. Very slight story - essentially a large American Corporation has made a movie about a large American Corporation that has a vested interest in people over-consuming.

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