WALL-E (2008) review

By Greg Treadway / Posted on January 19, 2009


Something amazing is always expected from the next Pixar project. Coming on the heals of the enormous success of Ratatouille and The Incredibles, comes the team’s adventure into space with WALL-E. Perhaps this film is their attempt at minimalism or a what if R2-D2 was alone without his golden companion as a straight man. The story is set some 700 years ahead and WALL-E, alone in a polluted city collects debris from the human age while jokes abound around him that would only be appreciated by humans. That’s where we, the audience, come in. Not to worry, humans do come back into the picture and we all know it is darkest before the dawn.
There isn’t much chance to not like this film. Like I said in the beginning, it’s Pixar. Of course everything in the movie has a fantastic look about it and the animation, if that’s what we can still call it, is flawless or perhaps even better than that. The story is a bit dull around the edges and it really is the visuals that keep bringing you back. I just don’t think that Pixar is hurting so much for scripts these days and a better choice of material is the only thing that I missed. **/****. • As for the poster design, I expected a lot more considering that Pixar started their days as a design studio. There are a couple of different versions of the poster and with so many images to choose from, well let’s just say that the animators probably weren’t involved in that choice.