Movie Review: Wall-E

Will a film about robots with no speaking dialogue work in this age where witty dialogue or one liners seem to be the staple for cinematic hits?

Wall-E seems to have broken off from Hollywood's assembly line of blockbuster hits as it shows that machines can carry a film that warms the heart.

The story starts off with a dystopian version of the future-- solid waste is a problem and corporate America has taken over the government. Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter- Earth Class), the main robot in the film, was originally built with the directive to clean-up the earth after the humans have left the planet. Wall-E was more or less satisfied with picking up little pieces of interesting junk and watching "Hello, Dolly!" on a beat-up VCR. In the first half hour of the movie, it seems like a silent movie where most of the "emotions"  and events are conveyed in Wall-E's actions.

Everything changes when another robot, Eve (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), lands on earth and the Wall-E develops a liking for the sleek and much more advanced robot. When Eve goes back to outer space, Wall-E follows and goes on the adventure to revive human and robot-kind.

Wall-E works because of the amount of humanity director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo). But that also is my only beef with the movie-- it was never established clearly where the human-like elements of the robots came from. But other than that the movie is at par with Ratatouille, in terms of having a story that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Rating: 4.5/5

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