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Review: WALL-E

It’s safe to say almost everyone in America has seen a Pixar film. The Toy Story series, A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille is one of the finest movie lineups you could ever find. Every Pixar movie produced to this day has won an Oscar in at least one category, and with a worldwide gross over 4.3 billion dollars, Pixar has earned one of the finest reputations in the movie business.

When Pixar’s latest creation was revealed, many were skeptical and some didn’t like the idea at all. The story of WALL-E, a lonely robot that finally finds another robot and falls in love, is completely different than anything Pixar has ever done in the past, and it was a huge risk. Pixar has set the bar incredibly high with their movies over the years, and after I saw WALL-E, the bar was set a lot higher.

The story of WALL-E is witty, unique and follows the daily life of a robot that is starting to develop his own personality. WALL-E is programmed to do only one thing; pick up people’s trash. Buy N Large, a corporation that sends everyone on earth into space, leaves the entire planet trashed, so robots named WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class) are programmed to clean up the left over the mess.

Unfortunately, the WALL-E we follow is the only robot left after 700 years, but he still is determined to do his job. WALL-E follows the same daily routine, where he comes to his house every night and watches the 1969 hit musical “Hello Dolly,” which is where he develops his personality from. The musical is a huge part of the movie, and is used at different parts from beginning to end.

While WALL-E is working one day, something catches his attention and before he knows it a ship is dropping off a much more technically advanced robot down onto Earth. WALL-E falls in love at first sight, and discovers that his new visitors name is EVE, and she has been sent to look for life on the planet Earth. When EVE finds a form of life on the planet, she is forced into a hibernation mode until she is picked up from the ship that dropped her off. This is when the story really takes off, and actually quite literally.

WALL-E was directed by Andrew Stanton, who last did Finding Nemo, which is Pixar’s highest grossing film ever. Benjamin Burtt is the mastermind behind the robots noises, and although his name may be unknown, Burtt also did the ‘voice’ of Star Wars’ R2D2.

WALL-E is so incredibly well done, and has so many little details that I could go back and see this movie again and again and not get tired of it for a long time.

The absolute best part about a Pixar movie is that they all prove a movie can still be superb without any violence or foul language. Anyone can see WALL-E and enjoy it from beginning to end. People of all ages will find WALL-E a character they will fall in love with within the first five minutes, and you’ll find yourself cheering him on by the end of the movie.

This movie is rated G and is about an hour and 40 minutes long. I have to stress that you do not get to the movie late. It is a tradition that Pixar plays a short film before each of its movies, and the short before WALL-E is my favorite by far.

I give WALL-E an A+, and it really is just that good. The best movie I have seen not only this year, but in a very long time. I guarantee you will have more fun with WALL-E then any other movie you have seen this year.

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