- Yet again, Pixar has proved that its animation is light years ahead of its admirers. Why? After two minutes, you won't realize that "Wall-E" is a complete fabrication. Everything about this little robot – from his rusted, aching trash-compactor torso to his mechanically emotive eyes – is fake yet utterly convincing. The fluidity and textural detail of Pixar's animation – "Ratatouille" was its equal last year – represent an advancement in filmmaking that is as important as the advent of the talkies. Hardly my insight, but reason to see "Wall-E" nonetheless.
- It's a G-rated post-apocalyptic film that perfectly illustrates a paradox of our consumer-driven, creativity-addicted culture. No critic explains this better than A.O. Scott of The New York Times. "(T)he genius of 'Wall-E' … lies in its notion that creativity and self-destruction are sides of the same coin." Frank Rich even thinks the movie is smarter than our presidential candidates: "This movie seemed more realistically in touch with what troubles America this year than either the substance or the players of the political food fight beyond the multiplex's walls."
- It's a G-rated post-apocalyptic film that uses humor to provoke new thought. Wall-E – a robot left on an abandoned, destroyed Earth to clean up humanity's waste – could have easily been a downer. But he goes about his Sisyphean task like a motorized Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. While constructing cityscapes out of garbage, he plays with or keeps the junk he finds fascinating. Lighters. Light bulbs. A paddle ball. A prized VHS of "Hello, Dolly!" A car alarm, which he presses and then hears the distant sound of a newly-armed car. Even a spork, for Colonel's sake, gets a laugh. And every time we do laugh, we learn to see these objects in less disposable ways. He even crept into my mind during my morning bicycle commute.
- Eve, Wall-E's robot flame, is hot. And armed.
Did you see the movie yet? Let me know what you think.
PHOTO: Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures.