Dear fellow humans,
This week, Wall-E comes to this part of the world to give us a sneak peek into the future, aided by state-of-the-art animation and the marvel of technology, only to tell us a story the good old fashioned way. Remember the days when the likes of Charlie Chaplin spoke less and in a way spoke volumes more than the most articulate of actors today?
Wall-E makes you laugh, moves you to tears, appeals to the child and the parent in you, all the while being a charming romantic comedy about a lonely trash-can robot with a curious personality going in search of his love, Eve. The film begins with a fantastic Pixar short that makes you fall in love with bunnies all over again and is likely to fetch ‘The Cutest Bunny Alive’ award for the carrot-deprived magician’s pet.
Like I am Legend, Wall-E transports us instantly into the world of the future where the lone survivor goes through his daily routine, finding a home in the middle of the ruins. Only here, the mood is surprisingly upbeat despite the dark setting, and the fact that Wall-E is a robot, and not a human, alienates us from the starkness of the situation. One of the greatest triumphs of Wall-E is it makes you forget that this is all just animation. Like most Disney characters, we see this robot too with human emotions — he’s curious, he’s lonely, he’s a romantic, after having watched enough movies during his stay on the planet. This awwww-some love story takes no time in getting going. Eve enters quite early in the first act and also brings in the first word of spoken dialogue 25 minutes into the film. It is a wholly engaging, riveting ride with not a single dull moment as robot-geek-boy (with binoculars for eyes) meets space-age-beauty (with curves and a polished finish) and follows his heart, even if it is going to take him out of the only world he’s ever known. Like all animation films, Wall-E has a message too, but here the editorial is implied rather than spelt out. The film does not stop to deliver the message by preaching but merely tells us the conditions that led humans to evacuate the planet and shows the consequences of a standardised computer generated life, a world where robots become more meticulous than humans and humans become programmed like robots.
With layers of meaning packed into a rather simple love story, Wall-E will appeal to everybody at some level or the other. Get set for the most enchanting time at the movies this year. This robot will break your heart. Well, almost.Wall-E
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: An animated tin called Wall-E with sounds generated by Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver
Storyline: Wall-E, a robot built for cleaning up waste from the surface of the earth, falls in love with Eve, a much advanced robot sent from the mother-ship Axiom the new home to humans in outer space.
Bottomline: An instant avant-garde classic