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Review: Wall-E

As may be appropriate for a movie with few spoken lines, this review should be pretty short.

Amazing technical achievement. The visuals here are phenomenal. There were times that I forgot I was watching an animated film. Simply brilliant.

The story was pretty simple, which isn’t a knock. Sometimes the simple stories are the best. However, while it was heart-warming, it didn’t get to me as deeply as some other Pixar offerings. Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles all rope me in more than Wall-E did. (Heck, I’m getting choked up just thinking about the ending to Monsters Inc.)

I’ve heard rumors that some think this should be considered for a Best Picture Oscar. I don’t think it’s nearly that good. It’s very good, don’t get me wrong, and I’d even go so far as to say it’s ambitious in what it sets out to do with almost no speaking parts – but it’s not Best Picture material.

I’d be surprised if it doesn’t come away with Best Animated Feature, though.

Oh! And I absolutely loved the idea for the end credits. What a great way to cleverly tell more of the story.

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6 comments to Review: Wall-E

  • Lee

    I think Wall-E is clearly my favourite Pixar film, I liked the look of the film, the message and the main characters. I unfortunately didn’t get to see the credits so I’ll have to wait until it finally makes it to Australia (which is ages away?!?).

    I don’t know about best picture, I suppose it would be nice to see it at least considered.

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  • Jonathan

    I also enjoyed Wall-E. So much eye candy, I started to feel guilty — like my eyes were going to get fat or develop diabetes or something.

    But for my money, The Incredibles is still Pixar’s best movie.

    And the best animated feature with a robot as a main character is still The Iron Giant.

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  • Lee, really? You like Wall-E better than The Incredibles? Huh. I wouldn’t have called that one.

    I agree that the look, the message, and the characters are all cool, and the movie as a whole is a great achievement, but it just doesn’t grab me like the others.

    Btw… why does it take so long for entertainment to reach Australia?

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  • Jon, that’s great… diabetic eyes… gotta remember that one.

    I’m with you on Incredibles. In a line of exceptional movies, that’s the one to beat.

    I still gotta catch the Iron Giant. I’ve only seen pieces.

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  • Lee

    Mmmmmm the Incredibles, I hadn’t really considered that. It is a great film, maybe I’m willing to put it on par with Wall-E, I like them equally, how’s that for being non-committal?

    I have no idea why Australia gets screwed over with movie releases as all they are doing is pushing fans onto the bittorrent sites because they don’t want stuff spoilt.

    Hellboy 2 doesn’t come out until next month too!?

    It is a major marketing flaw and things were getting better, this year has just proven to have some notable exceptions. Dark Knight thankfully came out at the same time. X-Files also comes out this week. Wanted though only comes out this week which is at least a few weeks behind.

    It’s just odd.

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  • Yep, that’s some high-quality non-committal right there, Lee. Good job.

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