Pixar's Masterpiece? Wall-E Really IS That Amazing!
by Alex Billington
June 26, 2008
Although Ken's glowing review of Wall-E is due out in a few hours, I thought I'd take this moment to feature a number of other incredible reviews popping up around the internet that highlight just how phenomenal Wall-E is. Calling it one of Pixar's masterpieces is not an understatement - everyone is loving the movie and already referring to it as one of Pixar's best films in their 22 year history. Not only do Jeffrey Wells, Todd McCarthy, and Roger Ebert all praise the film, but Wall-E currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best reviewed films of the year. As more reviews begin to pour in, let's hope it stays that way - it deserves to be recognized for its utterly inspiring brilliance.
I've put together just a few of my favorite glowing reviews from incredibly respected critics. First up is the legendary Roger Ebert, who gives the film 3 and 1/2 stars (out of 4). Here is a brief excerpt:
"Pixar's WALL•E succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a decent science-fiction story. After Kung Fu Panda, I thought I had just about exhausted my emergency supply of childlike credulity, but here is a film, like Finding Nemo, that you can enjoy even if you've grown up… The movie draws on a tradition going back to the earliest days of Walt Disney, who reduced human expressions to their broadest components and found ways to translate them to animals, birds, bees, flowers, trains and everything else."
Next up is Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, who seemed to be captivated by the film more than he normally is watching anything animated. Here is a brief excerpt from Wells' review:
"A sweet, amusing and reasonably profound save-the-earth parable, WALL*E's reliance on 85% visual, mostly dialogue-free storytelling (which makes it a kind of silent film) recalls the artistry of Charles Chaplin, Harry Langdon, Jacques Tati and other others whose style of performance art has been dormant for so many decades. It lives again. WALL*E is a masterpiece of its type. It's going to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar."
Lastly, although I don't like his writing style or his reviews, Variety's head critic Todd McCarthy chimes in with another positive review. Here is a brief excerpt from McCarthy's review of Wall-E:
Pixar's ninth consecutive wonder of the animated world is a simple yet deeply imagined piece of speculative fiction. Despite the decade-plus since its inception, WALL-E is a film very much of its moment, although in a cheeky, uninsistent way; it has plenty to say, but does so in a light, insouciant manner that allows you to take the message or leave it on the table.
To put it simply, Wall-E is already Pixar's next beloved masterpiece that many moviegoers will find so much joy from watching this weekend. While not every last person loves it (there are two negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes from Arizona Daily Star and BrianOrndorf.com), it's a film that most have walked away from and enjoyed more than they were expecting when they went in. This should be enough encouragement by now to cause everyone to go out and see Wall-E this weekend, so watch out for crowed theaters. However, I'm certain the experience will be enhanced further when hundreds of moviegoers are reveling in its brilliance all together. I hope everyone enjoys Wall-E this weekend!
I'd like to point out that the negative reviews I've seen (one of which was the ArizonaDailyStar review you mentioned) have all focused on the perceived "green" messages in the film. The ArizonaDailyStar review also likened the film to "An Inconvenient Truth for kids" and went on to claim that the film was aimed at 'intellectuals' and not the 'typical family'. One of the negative reviews I read was simply a plot synopsis with no opinion at all, tho the film was given a 60% out of 100 by that reviewer with no explaination as to why. I found it somewhat insulting that a reviewer would consider his readers to be too stupid to enjoy what he claimed was a film for intellectuals and film critics. I so hate it when people attach their own agendas to a film like this. It may deal with these types of themes, but likening tis film to An Inconvenient Truth is like doing the same for Mad Max.
Squiggly_P on Jun 26, 2008
Seeing it tonight at midnight! Throw up that Sound Off section Alex!
Keith on Jun 26, 2008
It was amazing... I loved every last minute of it. It was technically impressive, the story was classic and Wall-E was just so darn cute... how could you not love him? I will probably go see it again...
Jeff Warner on Jun 26, 2008
sigh, you americans are lucky, once again we have to wait to see a pixar movie over here in australia. sep 11 it comes out 🙁 looks like i will once again be seeing a pixar movie at home before the cinema, last time that didntt happen was with toy story 2
damo on Jun 26, 2008
In France it comes out 30th july ! I can't wait 😉
Florian on Jun 27, 2008
I wish I was a "respected critic" and could get listed at Rotten Tomaters. I'd give Wall-E a scathing review then sit back and get all the free press I could ever want! 😀
kevjohn on Jun 27, 2008
I love to see WALL-E get nominated for Best Picture. Actually I think it deserves a win. Also, there was wonderful sound editing and mixing by Ben Burtt, he might even deserve a Special Achievement. And there was a beautful score by Newman. Derserves nomintaion. Most importantly, Stanton derserves a win for Best Original Screenplay. Beautiful storytelling, beautiful originality. But what makes those voters discriminate animated movie? WALL-E FOR BEST PICTURE.
Skywalker007 on Jul 23, 2008
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