June 30, 2008

Simply lovely.

There are love stories, and then there’s Wall·E. Wall·E is clearly the best film I have seen in 2008, and perhaps not surprisingly, it is also one of the greatest love stories I have ever witnessed on screen.

Why is the love story between EVE and Wall·E so effective?

Because in the end, with all the technical prowess and intricate animation that is evident in the film, the most important thing about Pixar’s newest hit isn’t in the complexity of its craft, but instead in its simplicity.

Don’t worry, I won’t be posting any spoilers here. (Though judging from the money it made this weekend, I’m surprised there are still people out there that haven’t seen the film.)

Wall·E’s love for EVE is not one that is based on looks or sexual desire or even the need for self-validation through the eyes of another. It’s not selfish or wrought with unnecessary drama.

Instead, it focuses on the simple, basic, and wholesome need for companionship. It is centered upon the simple notion that we, as humans or as robots, need to be reminded that we are not alone, that there is someone out there that wants to dance and watch Hello, Dolly with us on our iPods.

Our lives are filled with work and commitments (directives?) that often distract us from simple and honest human interaction. Wall·E—both the character and the film—reminds us that these raw and unfiltered personal connections are what really drive us to live, and not just survive.

Pixar’s amazing focus on simplicity in its love story is most evident in the guiding premise of the film: through all the trials and tribulations, all Wall·E really wants to do is hold EVEs hand.

It’s hard to argue that that isn’t the most simple, basic, but beautiful expressions of love possible.