I enjoyed WALL-E, but I think it could have been better if it had just decided to take its time a little more. The movie went at a pretty quick pace, which caused it to zoom past some of its best moments in its hurry to keep up with the plot. For instance, the time spent on Earth was very brief. We get the first day where we see WALL-E work, EVE arrives on the same day, they meet up in the evening, she shuts down and they're both gone a day later. But I had enjoyed the Earth parts the best, because they were simpler, and the setting was more fascinating, with lots of relics, and ripe for exploring the ruins of humanity. Compare the Axiom, which pretty much looked like the same white walls everywhere inside. There may have been some cooler stuff in the ship, but again the plot shot right past them. The latter half of the film also felt like it degenerated into a chase. Looks like it's now time to go to Earth. Whups, the evil AUTO is putting obstacles everywhere to keep you from doing that. Time to go through all the obstacles. Dash, punch, lift, off switch, etc. The earlier parts of the film had a lot more depth to them, but since the objective now was so simple, the obstacle course of the film's second half felt far too shallow. The film also left A LOT of plot holes that I thought it would cover, but never addressed. How did WALL-E develop a personality? Okay, the trailer implies a long period of gradual conditioning, but the film never says that. It's also never explained for EVE or MO as well. Why did they get personalities, but others like the police bots didn't? Just tipping the Axiom a bit makes everyone slide? Why would the ship's gravity work that way? Why is Directive A113 still letting probes be sent? Just one non-human plant means a whole host of humans can now survive there? Why are satellites still in orbit? Why does WALL-E not lose power except when it's plot convenient? And why does Directive A113, which believes that Earth is uninhabitable, require suppressing all evidence that Earth is habitable even though said plan going into action would mean THAT EARTH IS HABITABLE? This sort of plot glossing over carried over to Up as well, and severely diminishes the film's quality. There was still plenty of good things, like WALL-E's pluckiness. I just wish the film hadn't limited them.
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