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Jason, Bellville. 7 January 2010
I mean, this blu-ray title is available overseas as a two-disc edition with a buffet of value-added content and Nu Metro sees fit to palm off just the movie disc. I am upset, as I was hoping to learn more about this marvelous title. Did I just say "marvelous"? Sorry, I meant "amazing", "astonishing", "bewildering", "stupefying", and a whole host of other superlatives.
This is the Pixar movie I had been waiting for. With the exception of The Incredibles, their previous titles seemed no more than vehicles for their most recent animation techniques: good to look at, not so good to watch. This one is different. Oh the animation is at a standard-setting level, don't get me wrong, but this is truly a title to be appreciated for its story and its characters. How ironic then that Wall-E and EVE, two robots simply acting according to a set of programmed algorithms, are two of the most-well rounded characters in all of a Pixar canon. The emotion they display within those set parameters is touching with no trace of contrivance. As I said before, finally the writing has caught up with the animation.
Music on Pixar productions also wasn't a strong point. Here it's different. Here the score and the songs add to the mood, from Wall-E's yearning in isolation at the beginning, through his fish-out-of-water adventures in space, all the way through to EVE's desperate actions at the end. My personal favourite is the piece that plays during Wall-E and EVE's space dance: I think I've seen that bit eight or so times, it's just that beautiful. Cherry on the top is Peter Gabriel, who lends his vocals for the ending track with assistance from the Soweto Gospel Choir. I'd say it's good, but I must emphasise it. After the credits had rolled, I immediately watched them again. Then I sat in silence for five minutes before watching them again. And once more just to be sure that it was that great. It was.
This would now be the part where I gush about how brilliant the picture and sound is in high-def, and they are. But like it is in the movie itself, such technical matters pale before the charm, the heart and the soul of this most profound production, and as such are barely worth noting.
Half-baked local product or not, it is one I'll cherish.
Alain Pierre, South Africa. 5 December 2014
Charming, audacious, and timely, Wall-E's lighthearted magic and stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity.
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