I decided a little while ago that I didn’t want to do regular reviews on this site. Matters of creativity and art are so subjective, what does my opinion matter? And besides… I couldn’t do a proper review, because I don’t like giving away any parts of the story. From time to time, though, there may be something I love so much I have to share that, and so here we have our first Non-review Review – of what will easily be my favorite movie of the year.
If you have an inkling to see WALL-E, but you haven’t yet, just go and don’t read about it. See it fresh, and hopefully it’ll be something that you enjoy. If you have seen it, or if you don’t have any interest, well then, read on I suppose. I’m not here to talk about the details of the story, or anything too specific – I just want to tell you that I loved it. To me, it was perfection. I read a review that mentioned this as “hope for Hollywood” meaning that this was a sign that Hollywood could still produce something wonderful. I may not take it to that extreme, but I do have to agree that I haven’t seen a movie that moved me this much in quite a while. Actually, it’s the first movie I’ve ever ranked on IMDB – and I gave it a perfect 10. For me, there was nothing wrong with it. It embodied so much of what speaks to me in a movie: loneliness, innocence, heroism, passion, and of course – love. Because, ultimately, at its heart that is the main thrust of this lovely little picture…love. This plucky little guy is easily one of my favorite movie characters of all time. For me, the love started when I saw the first teaser for the movie last year. “After 700 years of doing what he was built for, he’ll discover what he was meant for.” I really just can’t say much more, or this review will end as a bubbling mess of me saying the word’s “I love…” incessantly. The story is wonderful, the backdrop is compelling, the characters are adorable and charming, and anyone under the influence that this is a “kid’s movie” would be remiss in skipping it for that reason alone. I saw this in a theater packed with kids, and while the opening trailers were for mindless, inane “kid movies”, once the Pixar film started, the audience was silent. Nowadays kids are entertained by loud, crass, obnoxious movies, which does nothing more than increase their ever-growing ADD nature. To see them treated to just a good, solid movie again, well…the captivated silence spoke for itself.
Maybe nobody will love it as much as I do, and I understand that. I mean, it made me bawl like a baby – it’s one of the most touching pictures I’ve ever seen. But, that’s me. At the very least, I hope you can see it and enjoy it for what it is – an elegantly simple and deep tale of hope and love. Because, really, what more could you ask for! 😀