Pixar—the company that gave us Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille-- has had an unbroken string of successes, and its latest gift to movie-goers WALL*E is another gem.
We can all be amazed by the computer graphics and the cute characters, not to mention the friendly sounds that the robots make as the keys to success, but nothing is more important to the Pixar family than its ability to tell compelling stories.
Pixar created a universe we can believe in within the first five minutes of the film, and after that, the audience was hooked. From the dust filled air of the desolate earth to the low quality audio from WALL*E’s built-in cassette player, the film makers spared no detail.
And the larger message couldn’t possibly be missed. With the barren look of a garbage filled planet dominating the opening sequences to the grotesquely obese adults flapping around when dropped from their lounge chairs, we were told with no uncertain terms that human kind is laying not only the planet, but themselves to waste.
I wrote earlier how I loved to incorporate movie scenes into my coaching and business communication classes. I will have to go back and watch this one or wait for the DVD before cataloging which scenes I could use.
Because for the 97 minutes that this movie was running (not to mention the 3 minute short-film before it—which was hilarious), I was immersed in the world that Pixar had created.
I went to watch the 10:55 pm showing, and expected a somewhat empty theater for the G-Rated film. It was filled, and I could tell you that there were a few moments where you can feel the audience ready to well up in tears toward the end. Who said that G-rated films are only for kids?