Wall-E (2008)

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The Earth has been abandoned by the human race and a lone robot is left behind to tend the interplanetary garbage dump it has become.

I’m fully aware that I’m not the intended audience for this kind of thing and I’m sure that kids love the character of Wall-E. But for me, he is easily the worst aspect of this film and brings nothing to the story but the usual weak slapstick and sappy sentimentality I’ve come to expect from cartoons. Not to mention the fact that whenever he’s on the screen the dialogue is nothing but “Eva…?” Wall-E!” “EVA!” “WALL-E!!” etc etc ad nauseum. For this reason I very nearly didn’t get past the first half an hour of this film as it contains nothing but. Once the story gets going however, it’s quite an enjoyable little sci-fi fairy tale involving a human race that has become a horde of bloated, shopping obsessed couch potatoes tended by an ever-present robotic bureaucracy, and the scenes in space are all pleasantly amusing.

You certainly can’t knock the animation and it has plenty of pretty images so as a whole it’s all good, clean fun. As long as Wall-E isn’t on the screen.

5.5/10

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