Friday, September 16, 2016

Family Movie Night: WALL-E

Welcome to a new installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation on a family-friendly movie to enjoy.  This week we review the wonderfully fun, animated film...WALL-E.

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot, named Wall-E inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

I would like to start this review of by saying, I am a huge fan of Pixar. They have made some of my favourite movies of all time, and have made me laugh, cry, sing, and they have warmed my heart more than any other Animation studio...Well, to be honest, more than ANY film studio. But I can't quite think of any other film in history, that has warmed my heart, and made me smile, with tears in my eyes, more than Pixar's 9th film, WALL-E.

First off, the film is stunning. WALL-E is not only the best film Pixar has made, it is their most visually stunning, and if you have seen it, you know that a lot of the film's storytelling is told through visuals. There is very little dialogue in WALL-E, especially in the first 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes or so, is, basically a silent film, harkening back to the era of Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. And what is so remarkable about WALL-E, to me, is that I fell in love with the titular character without the endearing, sweet little robot speaking a single word. I could watch Wall-e and his buddy, Hal the cockroach, go about their day-to-day life, every day for the rest of my life, and I would probably enjoy every second.

I love the character of Wall-Eso much, because he encompasses everything that is good about humanity. He cares about the deserted earth he cleans up, and he cares for Hal the cockroach and of course he cares for Eva, a probe droid, sent by the ship Axiom to see if the earth is habitable. Their friendship and/or romance, is possibly the most beautiful I have seen in film, but without a doubt, it is the most beautiful in animation. The way their bond grows throughout the film is magical to watch. The fact that at first, Eva is a bit mean to Wall-E, but then as Wall-E shows her his plant, and his little house that he lives in and watches fellow Oscar winning film Hello, Dolly! which, I will add is a wonderful touch. As a film lover, it makes me feel connected to him. When that scene comes on of Wall-E and Eva watching Hello, Dolly!, I cry. Hard. When he taps her and gives her the plant, it restores my faith in humanity, in love. 

Speaking of humanity, the social commentary in WALL-E, is spot on. It conveys all that is wrong with how we treat the environment, it gets across it's important message, without being preachy. WALL-E is not preachy... It is a magical, whimsical, emotional rollercoaster of a film, that challenges the viewer to think about the world we live in, and I don't just think WALL-E is an important film in regards to it's social message, I think it is an important film in regards to the continuation of sophisticated animated films. Kids should watch sophisticated animated movies like WALL-E, and all the other Pixar movies, and Walt Disney animation studios film's like this year's Zootopia, and Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings, not Ice Age or Norm of the North.

WALL-E was released in theatres on June 27, 2008 to rave reviews from critics and audiences and was nominated for 6 Oscars, winning the Best Animated Feature award! It was also a hit at the box-office, grossing over $500 million worldwide! WALL-E is this weeks pick, because that is what it is, a family movie, a film that can be appreciated by all ages. It's my favourite animated movie of all time. Is it yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Sammy's Score: 9.5/10

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