Tuesday, January 15, 2013
They say that lightning doesn't strike twice. But where Pixar studios are concerned, lightning doesn't just strike once(Toy story). It strikes again(Finding Nemo). And again(The Incredibles). And again(Ratatouille).
The latest magical flash of lightning from Pixar is 'WALL.E'
The plot is fairly straightforward. WALL.E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class) is the last active robot on earth, whose job it is to collect and dispose of waste. EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) is a state-of-the-art robot sent to earth on a classified directive. On earth, she meets WALL.E, and something else that requires her to return immediately to her masters. By this time WALL.E is hopelessly in love with her, and follows; leading to the inevitable adventures and wholly unexpected discoveries.
So what makes this movie special? The highly endearing robots, the honesty/simplicity of its plot, the unbelievable chemistry between its many inanimate protagonists, and not least of all, the numerous ingenious alternatives to speech that it finds to convey the essentially human feelings of its completely un-human protagonists. And so it is that despite saying just one word in the whole movie, WALL.E manages to come across as love-struck, sad, happy, puzzled, and infinitely more clever and human, than intended, or indeed expected, by his creator. And despite looking like a feminized i-pod with blue eyes, who utters less than 5 words in the whole movie; EVE manages to get across her innocence, lethalness, happiness, exasperation and in one final moment, heart-breaking vulnerability.
This movie shows us a future replete with comfort and yet most definitely undesirable. It reminds us of the gift that is this earth of ours, and how we are misusing it. But above all else, it reminds us in a totally new way, the power of that most powerful of human emotions, love!
A wonderful, wonderful film!!!