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The story of a regular guy just looking for a little wreck-ognition.
Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero battle against alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.
I love animated films, I love most animated Disney films yet I was bored rigid throughout Wreck-It Ralph. So what went wrong? The film has been receiving a lot of attention from people of my generation who are old enough to remember all the games characters that make cameo appearances in the movie. There is a nostalgic kick in seeing much loved characters in this new environment but these repetitive pop culture references aren’t nearly enough to sustain a film by themselves. So whilst it is cute to see a self-help meeting of video game bad guys it adds very little to the experience when the story is so creaky and soulless.
The unique world of Wreck-It Ralph is undoubtedly…
Wreck it Ralph shows once again that having a great idea and an imaginative setting means absolutely nothing if you insist on having your story go through the motions like a production line worker. Respect for creative storytelling is traded in for pretty pixels, an appealing aesthetic and the obligatory conclusion in the final act. All this turned Wreck-it Ralph into a piece of IKEA furniture.
Granted, the film's first act showed promise, but once Ralph's objectives become clear, there was no doubt anymore that yet again an animated film would flesh out its themes in the exact same ways so many other films have done already, often much better. More often than not films of this irk have great…
Disney wastes some unexploited potential but excels in the creativity department with a concept rich in visual design, construction of action sequences and effective humor. This is the first 3D animated film that can be called an authentic success; beyond the countless videogame easter eggs, both explicit and hard to notice unless you put attention to every frame, Wreck-it Ralph could be called the animated equivalent to Scott Pilgrim (which, ironically, is a film which title makes reference to another original videogame). The feature makes creative transitions from 8 bits to 35 bits, the movement mechanisms of the characters were a nice touch and that nostalgia evoked in the gamers of past generations is something impossible to ignore. Add to that valuable life lessons and the importance of accepting your role in any given context and you get a perfect cherry to decorate the cake's top. It completely surpassed my expectations.
P.S. I dig Chun-Li.
My wife took our 2 year old son to see this for the second time yesterday. My original review can be found at the following link.
Now for what my son says and does after seeing this film twice.
Yorel: Wreck it Ralph PLEASE?
Me: (handing him Wreck it Ralph action figure) here ya go buddy.
Yorel: Wreck it Ralph, Wreck it Ralph, Wreck it Ralph YEAH!
Me: (Speaking to my wife) our kid is ridiculous!
Wife: I know right.
Yorel: (holding action figure above his head) I'm gonna wreck it, I'm gonna wreck it, Wreck it Ralph YEAH!
Me: (speaking to wife) He's all jacked up about Wreck it Ralph WOW!
Wife: No kidding!
Sugary-sweet and full of propulsive energy, "Wreck-it Ralph" is a colorful and boisterous story about learning that the person who you are is truly the person worth being. The film's themes are clear and poignant, but, beyond the nostalgia of seeing 80s-based video game characters in action, the experience lacks the heart and quieter moments that would make the film a winner for those who like soulful animated films. Overall, kids will love this, but adults may find it less-than-remarkable after the film's sugar rush burns off.
Damn it, damn it, damn it I wanted to like this more than I did! Being a lifelong video game fan I popped for the video game references at the beginning. It was cool to see characters from games I grew up with on the big screen. So you could say it was of to a good start. Once it gets going though I struggled to stay interested. A big problem I had is the trailers are a bit misleading. We're lead to believe in the trailers that it's a film about a bad guy video game character who wants to be the hero. The problem is that part of the story only serves to set up the actual story…
I loved everything about this film. The concept is original and intriguing, while reminiscent of familiar material like Toy Story, and the classic video game references bring a wonderfully nostalgic quality to the film. The characters are wonderfully dynamic and like able, the jokes are great, the worlds we see are unique and emersive, and as usual the quality of animation and the passion put into the project adds to the overall experience something unique and special. Wreck-It Ralph is full of heart, and leaves the audience wanting nothing but more from this incredible world.
I'm going to Wreck-It!
Heartwarming, nostalgic ode to all things arcade features a fantastic lead performance from John C. Reilly, gorgeous animation, and fun set pieces. Sarah Silverman even manages to make a potentially annoying sidekick endearing.
Disney has done it again! This is an amazing story with great character development and cool visuals and incredible animation!
Wreck-It Ralph is technically a Disney movie, but it comes across more as Dreamworks trying to do Pixar (and only half-failing).
- The premise is imaginative (because it's a basic Pixar premise - the whole "what if [non-human thing] had feelings"), and the execution of it is pretty imaginative too. I especially liked how the Nicelanders are animated - the 8-bit style is refreshingly underplayed.
- Hero's Duty works well as a PG-rated pastiche of both CoD and Halo, as well as a more general parody of modern gaming (the high-definition, grimdark, green-toned aesthetic is spot on).
- Since most of the jokes are reference-based, it helps that some of the references are genuinely clever and funny -…
I'M GONNA WRECK IT.
Very funny. Great commentary on the video game age. I shed a tear. What is it with animated movies making me cry?
I just read that a sequel is currently in the works, and I couldn't be more excited! I know that Disney and Pixar are making bucket loads of sequels recently, and much fewer original stories, but when you come to love a character, you do genuinely want to see more of them.
Wreck-It Ralph is a brilliant film, for both youngsters and the young-at-heart.
If there's never a movie based on Mario Kart, then this will be the closest we'll come to one. It was a surprise when watching this today to find so much of the screen time devoted to the fictional kart-racing game Candy Rush (I expected from what I'd read about the film that it would be mainly set in Hero's Duty) but the Candy Rush part of the film captures the essence and feel of a Mario Kart film better than any other racing spectacle in a movie. Even better than Speed Racer does.
And what about the rest of the film?
Well, the game world of Wreck It Ralph is so unfair before the end of the film that…
This cute animated film was far better than I expected... The premise is interesting and inventive, the animation quality is exceptional, plus there are enough great vintage video arcade game sight gags to help the story over the slow spots. The main characters were also a treat ... John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman gave Ralph and Vanellope plenty of warmth and soul, and Alan Tudyk did a great Ed Wynn. The film is surprisingly heartfelt and poignant, with an appeal that doesn't require you to be a fan of arcade games (though if you are, the steady parade of beloved game characters just adds to the appeal). It's charming and entertaining, and best of all it has a solid story that doesn't need to be padded out with a bunch of songs.
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