Today, I review Pixar's latest animated feature WALL-E! This is a momentous occasion, because this marks the very first Down In Front™ positive review!
The first half of WALL-E is the best first half of a movie you will see this year. Visually stunning, melancholy, and absolutely marvelous, gutsy filmmaking. The main character is a trash-compacting robot who has been abandoned on a filthy, dead Earth. An egg-shaped life-probe robot named Eve arrives from outer space, and WALL-E falls in love. No one speaks in this movie for a very long time, and when someone finally does, the dialogue is restricted to the words "WALL-E," "EVE" and "directive." This is an amazing romantic comedy. Amazing.
Then the second half of the movie starts. Suddenly, we are asked to care about human beings and plants instead of these two robots. And we don't. Don't get me wrong, the second half of this movie is very enjoyable, gorgeously designed, probably one of the top second halves of a movie you'll see this year, and well up to Pixar's normal excellent standard. But the extraordinary promise of the first half of the movie is unfulfilled. But see it anyway. SEE IT.
Well, that's all for today. Until next time, I'll see you at the movies, Down In Front!™