WALL-E: A Movie Displaying a Likely Future
In a world today where humans litter even the minute of a thing such as a simple can of soda, where students rely solely on calculators and computers to complete class or school work, moreover; small businesses present day cannot even thrive due to the dominance of corporations in the world. Thus, the direction society is headed is a future that is doomed to over consumption, an overbearing reliance on technology and corporate capitalism. With that said, there is a clear distinction between the trend society has today and where earth is headed as depicted within the society and earth in the movie WALL-E. The film, Wall-E, suggests that this movie highlights the catastrophic warning against environmental destruction and the state to which humans can succumb to and Wall-E’s character. These points are aided by visual elements, specifically through color and scope, as well as through sound and music. The movie Wall-E, warns our society incessantly about environmental destruction and the dangers of corporate capitalism. In the opening scene of Wall-E the viewer is enthused by the ridden trash filled Earth, trash skyscrapers are higher than the skyscrapers themselves and lakes and rivers are barred with oil. This scene seems more eerie due to the dark contrasting colors associated with the dull planet when we enter the first scene.
The brownish sort of mucky color results in the viewers identifying the root cause of the dullness, one should realize it’s a combination of the over consumption on the planet and Buy N Large Global takeover that has resulted in this epic downfall of mother earth and its inhabitants. We find this Buy N Large so prevalent once the story takes us aboard the Axiom. Literally advertising is everywhere from the mall, to the machines that are teaching the babies aboard the ship, A is for Axiom, B is for Buy N Large this is where the brainwashing begins. The robots take care of every little thing aboard the ship, which can seem like a relief at first, but this is where the humans are conditioned and fall into a trap. When seeing the Axiom the color associated with the ship is a grayish, subtle hue, which showcases a conditioned, boring life. Though the first real color we actually first see is when Wall-E enters his unique dwelling and he turns on the Christmas lights that light his trailer.
The contrasting and dull colors are intended to indicate the collapse of humanity if the world continues to pollute and develop dangerously. The scope and focus of the movie is sharply highlighted within Wall-E’s eye goggle focusing, especially in the scene where he falls in love with EVE, his eyes move so intently that one can’t help but notice the smitten Wall-E’s eyes. To further this point, when Wall-E and Eve escape the storm and are in his home the effects of lights are profoundly realistic, such as when EVE ignites the Zippo lighter the reflection of the light is shown on EVE’s body. Secondly, the story gives the viewer an in-depth look of what a society so dependent on technology can become. Once the viewer reaches about half way into the movie, there is no way that you cannot notice the evolution of humans in time and space in Wall-E. The humans in the 26th century living on the axiom spend their lives lying on moving couches. The humans eat their foods through straws, they seem to not even enjoy their way of living, and the people live their lives not through communicating person to person, but only by way of a halo-screen similar to that of face-timing on an iPhone. This message was an effective way of saying that convenience and innovation for the sake of convenience can reverse progress in society. This fact of doing absolutely nothing and limiting ones creativity and exploration, due to over reliance on technology is highlighted by the captain when he says to the autopilot “I can’t just sit here and do nothing. That’s all I’ve ever done. That’s all anyone on this ship has ever done, Nothing!” The Captain was finally at a point where he realized there society aboard the Axiom was at a standstill for so long, that there was no progression in any form, that at this point he was ready to do something about it. Furthermore; Displayed throughout the story is the visual element personifying robots, the ultra dependency on these robots has been the foreground for humans to survive aboard the axiom, robots control and order the world.
As in the case where Wall-E is the robot subjected to pick up trash on earth, EVE is sent to earth to find life on the planet, Auto who pilots and controls the axiom etc. We see here that the negative results of technology are presented in order to establish a call to action for humans to take responsibility for their actions and preserve earth. Lastly, Wall-E’s character is what gives meaning to the whole story. Without Wall-E human interaction or going back to earth would not be possible. In the film Wall-E is the most human character, with all the years collecting garbage he eventually develops feelings by way of the “Hello Dolly” musical it seemed like this give Wall-E an idea of how human emotions were demonstrated and how to deal with them. This is very intriguing, considering that the salvation of humanity stems from the intervention of dysfunctional robots: hence, since the humans aboard the axiom cannot use technology to make things right, technology goes back to what makes us really human. What’s ever more interesting is the effective use of Wall-E, every time he meets a new character, whether human or robot, the character begins to act differently with more freewill so to speak. For example, MO the little cleaning robot is following Wall-E to clean the dirt or debris he’s left behind and with great courage when Wall-E escapes Mo jumps out of line to clean up Wall-E’s trace he immediately jumps with joy right afterwards. This freewill is most clear though when John and Mary the first humans aware of their surroundings who eventually touch hands see Wall-E and Eve dancing outside the spaceship. In this aspect we see that thanks to Wall-E he seems to contaminate everyone he meets human or robot. Also in Wall-E we see how music plays a lesser but vital part in the movie.
Wall-E’s taste for old music creates a sense of nostalgia in the hearts of the viewer as it contrasts with the futuristic features of the narrative. This showcased when the Captain hears the song and he goes on a learning curve, learning about dancing, earth, dirt, farming etc. Without the music or sound in the movie Wall-E’s emotions would not be conveyed as important to the whole story. Thus, if Wall-E is an indirect reflection of a soon to be earth and human society in crisis, it is more than just a reflection. Wall-E combines a character that symbolizes love and creativity, and the story gives the viewers an in depth awareness of what humans and this earth can eventually become. If we as humans are not aware and do not begin to take proactive action against this unfathomable, yet highly plausible outcome in Wall-E then we might as well begin packing up our bags and prepare for a life full of dullness and boringness, and prepare for the inconceivable truth that humans will be robotic just as in Wall-E. We don’t want that right?
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