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After what seems like an eternity of waiting in a soulless vacuum of suspense, I finally got to see WALL*E last night. And what an event. But first, I have a confession. I have a bit of a problem with Pixar films. After the success of Toy Story, and then the untouchable Finding Nemo, each Pixar release then onwards gets me so worked up. Pixar have taken over from Disney (Even though Disney is obviously behind Pixar) in creating these great family movies, that are all about fantastic characters, beautiful surroundings and brilliant morals. So as each new release approaches, I look at it through rose tinted glasses, knowing that its gonna be great, but maybe, maybe not as great as Finding Nemo, which for me, set the bar for all kids films to follow. And even though I looked at WALL*E like this, I was also excited for many other reasons. Andrew Stanton was back in the creators seat, just as he was for both Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc, two of Pixars best. Thomas Newman creates the music to go along with WALL*E, one of my favourite composers (Finding Nemo, American Beauty) and mostly, this was Pixars first attempt at Sci-Fi. And it was clear from the first moment I saw those big beautiful binochular eyes, this wasn’t science fiction about technology in the future and spaceships, it was about the fate of mankind, and about finding out your proper place in the universe. My kind of sci fi

ANYWAY. Sorry. To the film! In usual Pixar style the film has a short animation attached to the front, and without a doubt, this is easily my favourite of all the previous shorts. Called The Amazing Presto, it’s a short comedy about a hungry rabbit and his neglectful magician owner. I wont go into details but I found it hilarious and it set the scene perfectly for what we were to expect from WALL*E. The short opened with exactly the same credits as Disney used to use for their animated shorts I watched as a kid. And as the action played out, there was no dialogue at all. All of the comedy was helped along by Thomas Newmans score, Tom and Jerry style, which obviously set the tone perfectly for WALL*E, which takes place with hardly any dialogue at all.

I’m not going to give a lot away as I know it’s a while before it comes out world wide, but I’ll try my best. WALL*E starts almost immediately after the short, and as soon as I heard the opening song for the credits, I knew I was gonna like this. I don’t know the name, but the opening song is from a very well know musical, and the theme of this musical continues throughout the film. If you have watched the trailers you’ll know the musical all ready. The opening shots of space full of galaxies and nebulas and pulsars etc is presented beautifully. Without a doubt Pixar have done for space what they did for the ocean in Finding Nemo, made it incredibly beautiful. Very quickly you become to love WALL*E and you know he is a character that you can easily watch for hours. Funny, sad, quirky and OH MY GOD SO FRICKING CUTE you’ll leave the cinema wanting one of your own so badly. At times his cuteness actually did go overboard and I thought I was going to combust in my seat. The story moves along quite quickly, and WALL*E’s heart breaking loneliness becomes evident, until EVE arrives. From here onwards, the film switches from Sci-fi to romance all the way through, with EVE trying to simultaneously save mankind and WALL*E from various perils, and WALL*E simply trying to hold hands with EVE, its wonderful entertainment. The story takes a bit of a lull in the middle, with not much happening apart from a lot of running around. But the end quickly escalates to a brilliant finish, with an excellent bad robot played by Sigourney Weaver (You’ll never guess when you see it!)

All in all WALL*E, was everything I wanted it to be. It’s an excellent science fiction. It throws ideas out there about what it COULD be like if robots did become a part of our everyday existence, and how our bodies can be affected if we live in a society that relies on an automated lifestyle. It suggests a route that mankind could easily take in our evolution. It also puts a green message out there about how precious one teeny tiny plant is to us, and how we could easily lose it all with global warming and consumerism. Good stuff for the kiddles. But, as im a giant softy, its also an amazing love story. You have two robots who are at times more human than the human characters in the film, just by the expression in their eyes. Its astonishing really. By the end you are more wrapped up in those two than you are about the fate of mankind. I found myself near blubbering levels at least twice in the film. One of the most memorable parts for me is when WALL*E and EVE first meet, and they try to communicate to one another, trying out several bleeps and squeeks before the come to agree on a name for one another. Its so sweet I nearly puked. This overly sentimental wonder could be a problem for some. But not for me

It’s not quite Finding Nemo, but I have a feeling that after repeat viewings, it will easily clamber to those heights. Hilarious, thoughtfull, genuine and beautiful, i was very happy to meet the little guy. Whats not to like!?

DISCLAIMER: I must add, that as you can tell I have fond feelings towards this film, but I should probably admit to something. Free Wine and beer was available before the screening. And after consuming four glasses and two bottles of beer, I was quite inebriated and at several times found myself laughing when others were not and people were staring. This may have affected my levels of love for computerized machinery so I do apologize if I have given the wrong impression.

Many thanks.