Wreck-It Ralph was really good fun. There are many glimmers of the genius that Pixar used to display as a matter of course but has recently been unable to consistently produce. I don't know if there's any collaboration between Disney Animation and Disney-Pixar, but something's certainly rubbed off.
The many video-game references work well and never end up embarrassing, which is often the risk when tapping in to a popular subculture. It's a family comedy with relatable characters, a well-told story, genuinely funny humour, and a little twist I really didn't see coming.
I liked Tree of Life *despite* the avant-garde voice-over sequences. I dislike To the Wonder *because* of the avant-garde voice-over sequences. The whole film is composed of these sequences, which drawn out over two hours becomes excruciating. In the case of Tree of Life they at least work to annotate the film's narrative. Unfortunately, doing a whole film this way doesn't really result in a coherent or enjoyable experience.
I would probably have had a better time if I'd be…
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Meticulously directed, occasionally to a point that it's obtrusive. These cases are mostly in the first third where the camera movements and framing can be off-putting. The name works very well to mislead the nature of the film. The whole thing is eerie, but in different ways as the plot progresses -- at first dark and supernatural, and later psychological. It becomes deeply personal and affecting. There's no better example than the father character. He's only shown in flashbacks towards…