Wreck-It Ralph, Film Review
Wreck-It Ralph, is the latest animated to come out of Disney in out house animation studio. The film has been a project with Disney since the 80’s.
Wreck-It Ralph is directed by Rich Moore and stars John C. Reilly (Ralph), Jack McBrayer (Fix-It-Felix .Jr), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz) and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun.
The film depicts a world where video game villains aren’t inherently bad; they’re just doing their job and they have come to terms with this.
The core of the story core storyline centres on Ralph, who for years has diligently served as the antagonist to video game do-gooder, Fix-It-Felix, Jr. Although Ralph shares a healthy working relationship with Felix, he has grown tired of being treated like a villain after work hours and in an effort to win favour from the other characters in his game, Ralph jumps into another title, Hero’s Duty, where he intends to win a medal that will prove bad guys can also be good guys.
In his attempt at heroism, Ralph inadvertently lands in Sugar Rush, a kid-friendly kart racing title, and fall’s victim to the wiles of Vanellope von Schweetz, a 9-year-old racer outcast, and is forced to help the girl win an upcoming competition in exchange for his precious medal. As the pair prepare for the race, they stumble upon a mysterious plot that threatens the entire arcade, forcing Ralph to confront what it really means to be a good guy.
Despite what the trailers might have indicated, knowledge of video games is not a prerequisite for appreciating Wreck-It Ralph. Gamers will find plenty of tantalizing in-jokes. With plenty of Easter Egg’s to relish.
Wreck-It Ralph has rich set-pieces and a mix of intriguing game environments allow for a range of interesting visuals and, subsequently, varied action and comedy beats. Unfortunately, even though there are countless arcade cabinets shown in the film, Ralph only explores a tiny fraction of the available game worlds leaving plenty of room for further franchise misadventures. (Disney has green lighted Wreck-It Ralph 2.)
The rich cast of supporting players, rifting on a diverse set of notable game inspirations, provides clever interpersonal drama and fun that compliment the main storyline.
It looks like Disney internal studio is moving more towards 3D animation which is not a bad thing. However I hope they don’t leave their roots behind, and keep making traditional 2D films. However saying that, their latest 2d short, Paperman was done the same way as a 3D film and just rendered out in 2D.
This is a great film is worth sitting down with the kids or without and watching.
I give this a 4.5
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