The Plot / Story: According to John Lasseter:
WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it’s set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.
Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he’s left on Earth doing his duty all alone. He doesn’t know he can’t stop working. But it’s not a story about science fiction. It’s a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to recover the last plant left on Earth, which curious little Wall-E has picked up. He absolutely falls in love with her.
I gave the trailer a 1 out of 5. It had a few cute moments, very few. The trailer wore on me fast and I began to dread every instance it was shown, to the point that I sometimes get up and leave the room when it comes on. I watched other audience members facial responses and they wore the same confused, conflicted look that I had. Almost as if in their minds they wanted to like it but just could not find something to latch onto.
I doubt if this will even be a renter. At this point I would only watch this movie if I had a very young, 10 and under, family member who insisted on watching this film and I could not talk into watching The Incredibles, Meet the Robinsons or Ratatouille. The jokes were repetitive and lost their funny fast. From all of the promotional material this movie seems to be one catchphrase being repeated for one and a half hours. I'm disappointed and hope that I'm wrong on this because Pixar has done so many great films.
For more information about WALL·E or to watch the trailer see Theater or Renter: June post