He was a garbage compactor. She was a lethal weapon. He had a quirky personality. She was a svelt seeker of hope for the destiny of a civilization. He fell in love with her. She tried to destroy him. Instead, he captured her heart through his loyalty and care for her even when she was knocked out of commission.
Wall-E is a budding love story between two robots, Wall-E and his beloved Eva. They were opposites in so many ways, but their unique differences thrust them together as eventual partners in rescuing the last remnants of a human civilization which had been absent from Earth for 700 years on a colony space vessel. Indeed, it caused them to rescue each other for each other.
Wall-E is rated G for families. While there are mild scenes of peril, it is really quite tame compared to much of what is out there in movies. Most kids should be fine. There are thematic elements which only older kids or adults will comprehend. For example, on the colony ship the colonists are completely unaware of any reality other than virtual reality. They don’t even realize they have a swimming pool on the ship. Everything is done for them by robots. Everything. Brushing teeth. Putting on makeup. Entertainment. Everything. This begins from birth and continues on through adulthood. Consequently, obesity is a huge problem. This point is made on two key occasions. First, a colonist accidently is knocked off of his hover chair because of Wall-E’s antics. The person is unable to lift himself off the ground on his own. He requires the help of bots. Second, the captain of the colony ship walks for the first time in his life when fighting the controlling bot of the ship. The entire colony viewed it on screen and they were amazed to the point of cheering.
Wall-E is entertaining for young kids, although it does start a bit slowly. Adults might find themselves just a bit bored at the outset. But be patient, the movie does pick up its pace at the halfway point. I think Wall-E has a few important things to say to us:
1. Get off the couch or computer chair and exercise. Need I say more?
2. When robots know more about love than humans, we know we have a problem. So, get to know people for real–that is to say, face-to-face–rather than relying only on virtual reality (I am going to receive some emails on this one).
3. It’s okay to be you, even with your goofy quirks. None of us is as cool as we think we are, or think we would like to be. So just be you. Then, only then, will you be at peace with yourself and thus find others attracted to your personality for the right reasons. Add to that a Christian perspective. God made each of us in his image. He gave us our talents, personalities, looks, and so on. It is all the more reason to be content and thankful and to expect the best that he has for us.
4. When the captain of the vessel found a spark of hope in his heart for returning to earth, he became motivated to get up, take command, and lead his people. Do we have hope? Do we inspire that hope in others?
I warmly recommend Wall-E for families. Bring a hanky for the tender moments, a pillow for the slow moments, but don’t snooze for too long, or you will miss the transition of the key robotic relationship from adversarial to love, not to mention the hilarious ubiquitous pratfalls of our clumsy protagonist.