JP Dalton’s review published on Letterboxd:
So I'm not sure of the exact date I joined the site, but my first review was dated September 19th of 2015. That means this week I'll have been on letterboxd for 2 years. 2 years and over 300 followers. I try hard to keep consistently watching movies. I've started learning about and attending cool screenings and marathons. I'm trying to join a friend group in the letterboxd community cuz they seem like cool people, but I'm awkward and don't know how to do it really (never really had "internet friends" before). Basically what I'm saying is letterboxd has become a big part of my day to day life. Anyway, to celebrate 2 years I decided to watch something I love but haven't seen in a while.
WALL·E is my favorite Pixar movie and was in general my favorite movie up until the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, but if you looked at my "PIXAR Ranked" list you'd see it's not at the top simply because I think the other films above it are more perfectly crafted. I will admit it gets a bit too in your face with the "go green" message kinda like Tomorrowland did, but I think it was less created as a message to the viewers and more created to give context to how 2 robots would meet and what world would need robots such as these. It's also used to add stakes.
WALL·E is about the spiritual brother of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit and his life on an Earth devoid of life but lush with trash. You see, essentially Walmart bought the world and then realized it doesn't know how to run a planet. It fucked up the world and then jumped ship, taking all the humans with it. WALL·E is the last remaining trash compactor bot of an army built to clean up the world. With age he's changed. He's gained a personality, and boy is his personality infectious. He's such a great character that he literally affects all the other characters in the movie, even with just single interactions.
WALL·E's life changes when a rocket ship lands and releases a super high tech robot named EVE, and it's love at first sight. The chemistry between these two droids is perfection, and most of it is done through visuals instead of dialogue and it works phenomenally. WALL·E is also such an emotive character for a robot. You can see what he's thinking and how he feels all the time.
One of my ex-girlfriends said they hated WALL·E because robots can't feel emotions like love. That was the first sign of where that relationship was going.
EVE's mission is to find plant life, which WALL·E just found like yesterday. EVE collects the plant and is sent back to space but WALL·E isn't ready to give up. He sneaks along on the journey. Then we meet the fat humans and the other robots and M-O and "suspense, mystery, drama, romance!" Meanwhile WALL·E unknowingly spreads his love to all the passengers of the Axiom. He helps couples meet, starts a revolution, and inspires change and the quest to return to Earth.
WALL·E is a film I hold dear to my heart, because WALL·E also inspired me. As a kid I didn't really analyze the plot of movies. I just wanted entertaining visuals. Since WALL·E's storytelling was almost completely visual (at least for the romance), it basically forced my juvenile self to focus on the plot. I was invested in this world to a point that I had never experienced before. This was the first movie I cried to. The despair I felt at that particular point of the ending (you know what I'm talking about) was something a movie had never made me feel before, and I wanted more.
These elements are what make a great film for me. A film that can make you laugh hard, but also make you cry a river. A film that knows that it can be as fast paced as it wants, but when it wants to get sad that it needs to take a breath to really let it sink in. Interesting visuals and a beautiful imagination.
If you have or haven't seen this movie, no matter what, I recommend seeing it again. It's a Pixar classic and is always a superb rewatch.
Happy 2-years of Letterboxd me. May I keep on going strong. I guess I'll, like, sign off or something cuz... y'know this is like a personally important review. Let's do it:
...That felt kinda weird. Don't think I'll do the sign-off again.