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WALL-E
(2008-07-10)
(wgvu) - WALL-E is a wonderful animated science fiction children's movie that will delight a child of any age. It's also a magnificently realized celebration of robots, cockroaches, and the obese. To really understand that statement, you'll have to see the movie.

WALL-E is the robot that human kind left behind. His name stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth-Class. The planet has become a gigantic landfill, an enormous trash dump, unable to sustain life. Humans built gigantic spaceships and left the solar system to seek life elsewhere. WALL-E is a robotic trash compactor still active with a daily routine of compacting trash into cubes and stacking them into skyscrapers of garbage. His only companion is a small cockroach who watches him work: (clip) Great dirt storms are common on this filthy earth. WALL-E escapes them by taking shelter in a trailer he's rigged up as home. There he keeps the trinkets, objects, machines, and gadgets that he saves for his own amusement. He watches a video tape of the musical Hello Dolly, mimicking the human movement in dance. This is his life, one of routine and yearning. Then one day a rocket ship lands almost right on top of WALL-E. (clip)

The ship deposits a sleek, round robot with a mission to search for evidence of life. The robot is EVE, which stands for Extra-Terrestrial Vegetative Evaluator. In others words, EVE is looking for plants. Instead, she finds WALL-E. At first EVE attempts to disintegrate WALL-E with her weaponry. But soon they're friends, as WALL-E shows EVE how to survive the massive dirt storms. Now, of course, robots are neither male nor female, but this is a movie and a kids movie after all. Soon WALL-E reveals the joys of dancing to EVE, which is precarious given her superior strength. (clip) EVE, thanks to WALL-E, detects small evidence of plant life on Earth and as result both get taken back to the Mothership, where WALL-E is introduced to a whole slew of other types of robots and machines. (clip) This is only an introduction to the story, I won't spoil it any further. Because WALL-E is a gloriously rendered children's film, visually stunning, with a simple but heartfelt story. Any movie that foregoes dialogue for half of it's length, or more, is daring, and completely cinematic. WALL-E pulls it off terrifically. The sound effects, the choice of music, and the electronically altered voices are pin point perfect. The animation style, mixing grim realism with space age futurism, makes WALL-E a true work of art. WALL-E is the best Hollywood movie of 2008 by a mile.


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