Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Wall-E is not only Pixar’s best movie yet but it’s the best movie of this year and one of the greatest imaginative, visually moving and excellently animated films in years and surprisingly, one of the best sci-fi movies since E.T.!! Coming with high expectations, it definitely succeeded mines. It’s so beautiful, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time.Wall-E shouldn’t be cute in the Bambi or Dumbo sense of the word: he’s battered and fading and the only noises he makes are computerised drawls not dissimilar to ET’s limited lingo. But Wall-E is alluring, and not because he’s got big eyes or dangling eyelashes but because he’s smart, hard-working, with a romantic side, and is hopelessly addicted to watching clips of Michael Crawford and Barbra Streisand in Gene Kelly’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ on a video screen.
He’s everything we should have been if we hadn’t put all our energy into destroying the planet. But none of this is preachy or obvious.Environmental destruction is only the breathtaking backdrop to the film and it’s the minimalism of Wall-E’s existence that fascinates more. By the time a sleeker, feminine robot called Eve – who looks like an iPod shaped into a pepper-pot – arrives, we’re craving her company in sympathy with our mechanised friend. Pixar has done it again. There’s nothing here that’s not wonderfully imagined and lovingly presented.
ADITYA SRIDHAR, IX, PSBB, KK Nagar
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