Gripping. Funny. Touching. Exciting.
Leave it to Pixar to create such a profound and thought-provoking pieces of art that is also one of the most adorable films made in the last 10 years. Wall-E is a masterclass on a compelling narrative with very little dialogue.
I find Pixar does a fantastic job at crafting a story that is uplifting without being saccharine while also evoking a passion for change without being depressing. I may be biased because I am a large fan of Disney and Pixar, but I find that they have the perfect balance of relevant story-telling that can also be truly touching and entertaining.
Wall-E also has some hard truths. The film is tough on our society—it depicts humanity as trash-loving “big babies” that are comically lazy to the point of looking at a screen of a video chat with a friend who is sitting a mere foot away from the other. However, they present them in a way that makes you think, “Wow, that’s funny. We can’t really be like that. Can we? Is this actually where we’re headed?” This world shows a society too reliant on technology and screens. Isn’t that what we’ve become? Really, how far removed are we truly from this sad excuse of a human race? Pixar manages to raise these questions while still making its audience laugh, and also providing an uplifting message: the human race ultimately returns to Earth and begins to rebuild, even though they have a long way to go before they return to normalcy. This film successfully achieves its message: as a planet, we have work to do, but we can make this planet better for all if we just work a little harder towards that goal.
As successful as the film is, do you think the narrative would have been more effective had the humans NOT returned to Earth? Why/why not?