Movie Review: Wall-E

Movie Review: Wall-E

While in quarantine, I have been revisiting old movies that I haven’t seen in many years. It has been a great experience being able to watch all of these with all the free time I’ve had. One that I was particularity excited about was Wall-E. I remember this movie being really cool with the giant spaceships and old-school aesthetic. This movie explores the possible reality of a garbage-covered earth and how humans might leave the earth to let robots clean up all the trash. This was one of my all time favorites so I had very high expectations.

One thing that I appreciated more now was the timeless attention to detail. This movie was very well animated with smooth edges on the futuristic models and more boxy looks on the more vintage looking models. The main robot, Wall-E, was designed very well and his design is very simple yet he still has a huge personality due to the subtleties of his eyes and posture. I definitely have a much higher appreciation for this movie than I did many years ago. Another thing that just couldn’t go without mentioning is the incredible physics that this movie has. Surprisingly, this animation has better space physics than some “realistic” movies. One example is when Wall-E uses a fire extinguisher to navigate his way back to the mother ship when he is sent from it by an escape pod. He makes sure to put the nozzle in the middle of his body so that his center of mass was linear to it. And when he held it slightly above, it would spin him around that center. There are a few instances where physics are a little troubling but overall it is a very good movie. It has a great story and the characters are very immersive even though they are only robots. I highly recommend.