Wreck It Ralph
Yay! Fantastic movie!
The short film that preceded the main feature was completely adorable, and admirably set the stage for one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.
Now, I’m a sucker for video games, especially retro games – the style of the arcade elements of Wreck It Ralph reminds me strongly of Rampage, which was one of my favorite arcade games when I was a kid. I’m also a sucker for Pixar films, and while this is not actually a Pixar film, it might as well be.
The film does a beautiful job of interweaving the 8-bit graphics of the arcade with modern animation and knitting them into a coherent and believable hidden world. The interaction of the hidden world with the (still animated) real world is also extraordinarily well done. In short, great setting.
Add to that a solid story – who can’t relate to someone who is tired of doing the same thing day after day, and wants to be appreciated? – and good acting, and you get a great movie. It’s still a kid’s movie, so there are a number of juvenile elements (including an extended sequence of poop jokes), but as with most of the Pixar films, the movie is eminently accessible to adults as well.
That’s about all I can say without diving into plot, except this: find time for this movie. Bring a friend to laugh with. Remember it’s a kid’s movie, and plan accordingly for the presence of kids (the kids in my showing were very well-behaved; yay!).
1. The Avengers
2. Wreck it Ralph
3. The Amazing Spiderman
5. The Cabin in the Woods
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
8. The Secret World of Arrietty
11. Cloud Atlas
12. The Dark Knight Rises
13. Men in Black 3
14. The Man With the Iron Fists
16. Hunger Games
17. The Lorax
18. Snow White and the Huntsman
19. Total Recall
20. Bourne Legacy
21. Mirror, Mirror
22. John Carter