The story of course follows WALL-E, a robot who is the last thing inhabiting Earth hundereds of years into the future. He then meets another, much more complex robot named Eve who arrives one day and befriends WALL-E and the story just blossoms from there. WALL-E may seem overly simplistic compared to any adult science fiction movie, but that’s really what makes it a great movie. The childlike wonderment that engulfs the movie really makes it awe-inspiring and heartwarming at the same time. There’s also a fairly simplistic style that’s been taken to the visuals, although there are certainly moments of inspired imagery that are hard to forget, such as the towers of waste that surround the Earth inhabited by WALL-E.
Basically, with this movie Pixar again shows that they’re still much more interested in great storytelling than special effects. The relation ship between WALL-E and Eve is very compelling, as is the film’s themes of man and robots becoming more and more alike, but there’s also plenty of slapstick comedy for the kids to enjoy. WALL-E is also quite a compelling kids’s film character, he definitely joins E.T. and R2-D2 in the elite class of endearing science fiction characters. There’s definitely a number of nods to other science fiction classics in WALL-E, but the film still manages to create a unique if somewhat desolate look at the distant future.
Pixar have always been one step ahead of all other CG movies and WALL-E makes no exception. They certainly take a chance with it’s bleak narrative, not to mention the almost complete absence of any A-list voice work, but in the end it’s easily one of the best kids movies of the last few years.