Reasons for watching it: I really liked the sound of it when everyone was raving about it. I've liked other Pixar stuff, and it just seemed like my kind of film.
Circumstances of watching it: Joanna spontaneously invited me to join her at the cinema, and since for once I was actually free this evening, I jumped at the chance. So we went up to the big cinema at Hötorget, and sat through some seriously inappropriate trailers (mostly involving people shooting eachother and having on-screen sex), and a very cute little Pixar short about a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, with the gag that the hat is actually magic.
Verdict: Wall·e is very watchable, but doesn't make entire sense.
Wall.e is visually gorgeous. It's so pretty and atmospheric and characterful, and the best of the animation is just stunning. Even the worst is only bad by comparison, but the fat blobby humans are of Toy story standard, not transcending anything I've seen before like Wall·e himself. The storyline is original, but if you stop to think about it at all, doesn't even slightly hold together. The really impressive characterization makes it easy to suspend disbelief and get immersed in the action, which I suppose is all you can really ask from a children's cartoon, but still.
It's also just ludicrously schmaltzy, and I say that as someone with a high tolerance for romantic films. It's a technical achievement to make the audience go aww over robot characters who are only barely anthropomorphic, but it's still an utterly cheesy romantic plot. It's also based on quite a stalkery, sexist model of Twoo Wuv: EVE gives absolutely no indication of interest in Wall·e, but his persistence (including taking her inert body on a romantic date when she's switched off and totally unresponsive) wins out in the end and she learns to appreciate him after all. This dynamic is made even worse by the fact that Wall·e is cute, but dirty, shabby and clumsy, whereas EVE is shiny and ultra high tech and futuristic. Honestly, I think if this had been live action I'd have walked out after the first twenty minutes.
The ending really, really doesn't make sense. I think I'd like the film better if either Wall·e managed to stay dead, or if they hadn't used the closing credits to imply that the recolonization of earth was successful, closing off the rather nihilistic interpretation that all the humans would die (being totally unprepared to return to the probably non-viable earth), leaving the cute robots to repopulate the world with strange mechanical offspring.
I was sort of hoping we'd hang out afterwards, but we just discussed the film briefly (Joanna found it way too cloying, whereas I could see its good points in spite of that), and then I gave her hatam_soferet's present. She was delighted, it couldn't be more to her taste, so yay. It's very sensible not to stay out late on a work night. I'm a bit disappointed that we don't seem to be moving past the friendly acquaintances stage; I fear she's formed the impression that I'm flaky and unreliable, which is not entirely false, but it's a bit of a shame.