I just saw Wall-E last night and I’m still amazed at how good it is. I love the conception of the post-apocalyptic trash-earth, and how the little trash-compacting protagonist was still dutifully doing his job 700 years after the End. In the opening 20 minutes, they manage to create a 3-dimensional humanity in Wall-E with practically no words spoken, and out of a box with treads and robot eyes no less. And to further that with a great, quirky, and almost equally-wordless romance is just epic story-telling.
When Wall-E and Eve get back to the cruise-liner/generation ship, the story does drift a bit into cheap sentimentality, but it’s a lot less clunky than most movies, and I must admit, the idea of the last survivors evolving into absolutely worthless, obese specimens just tickled my fancy. The ecological message was a bit ham-fisted, but not extremely overplayed, and the iconic symbol of the Last Plant was kinda cool, if scientifically ludicrous.
All in all, Wall-E was just so bloody mesmerizing and imaginative, I really want to give Pixar a huge hug right now. They seem to be turning to the American version of Studio Ghibli in terms of how they’re willing to go outside the mold to give us compelling, fanciful stories with no shortage of humanity. I am liking this trend.