Our list continues as we dive into the top 20, with some films that received multiple votes from our panelists but didn’t quite have the juice to make it higher in the rankings. Tomorrow: #19.
20) Wall-E (4 votes, 97 points)
Shaun: Wall-E is a testament to how emotive characters can sell an entire film, because the plot was certainly not doing it. In what is Pixar’s most heavy handed film ever created, cute robots and fat people hit us over the head with a warning about our pollution, decadence, laziness, and a bunch of other tropes that don’t matter because two robots are falling in love and it’s adorable. I wish Wall-E had the story to support its characters, but what was there was still fine.
Chris: To this day I’m still not sure how I feel about Wall-E. It’s an imaginative and daring movie, no doubt. Eschewing traditional dialogue for most of the movie and focusing instead of these robots’ gestures and mannerisms was a risk. Imagine telling someone “okay, now there virtually no talking in the first half hour of this film you’re about to watch — go!” Tough sell.
I also like that there’s some interesting commentary on the environment and pollution and the development of technology, all cased within a cute little robot shell.
Still, despite Wall-E’s strengths…I don’t know. It doesn’t do it for me. Everything outside the relationship between Wall-E and EVE misses the mark in my book. Does that make me wrong? I’m a big boy, I can take it. I respect that it’s a good movie, but it’s just not one of my favorites.
Cary: Wall-E is what Johnny Five wanted to be but couldn’t because Johnny Five was neither as cute or emotive. (Plus, well…Steve Guttenberg. #sadtrombone) Leave it to Pixar to make me tear up over a lonely robot finding love. And I love how Pixar managed to create a stunning and uplifting story without a ton of dialogue.
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