I believe that I am in the minority, but I didn’t really like “Wall-E” all that much.I love Pixar movies. Even when I think I’m going to hate it (“Ratatouille”), it always blows me away. “Wall-E” just plain bored me.
The good part of “Wall-E” is the production. Actually, it is great not just good. The animated environments in this film are better than most CGI in live action movies. I was visually stunned, and until the human characters appeared, it didn’t feel like I was watching a cartoon. Also, the personalities of the robots come though amazingly. With nearly no words spoken, the two robots become very real characters that you care about.
The bad of this movie was that I was just bored most of the time. The great thing about Pixar movies are that the stories are so well done and directed, that it could have been live action. The pacing of this film was horrible. Many of the scenes were repetitive (look at the cute robots), and lacked substance. A good 15-20 minutes could have been cut from this movie, and it would have been the masterpiece everyone is touting. But as it stands, it was the worst Pixar movie I’ve seen (I’ve missed a couple).
A perfect Pixar movie is “Ratatouille”. If any animated movie should have won the real Best Picture Oscar it is “Ratatouille”, not “Wall-E”. I believe that the combination of the Pixar-halo and the visual beauty of the film is why critics are mistakenly calling this film “the best animated film ever”. They were ready to herald it before it ever premiered.
Even my children (ages 7,8,10,12 & 13) agreed that it was slow.
Should you go an see “Wall-E”? Maybe. If you enjoy beautiful rendered environments, then yes. Otherwise wait for the DVD and check it out. I give “Wall-E” a should have waited for the DVD.