In our small town of Thurso we have one cinema with few films and few times. However when I realized that Wreck it Ralph was on I knew I had to go, being a big Disney fan I was looking forward to seeing this title. So I went to watch it. I was right to do so.
Straight after sitting though the strange abundance of trailers a charming short graced the screen. This short wasn’t any ordinary short for Disney, who usually uses either just traditional 2d or 3d animation, for this time that had used a somewhat new technique. And boy did it work a treat. The animation was fluid and beautiful, retaining the traditional Disney style. The short was named ‘Paperman’ basically set in 1940s New York and a young man meets a young lady, and it’s about how they found each other again. It was silent and in black and white which was terribly fitting and a very nice touch. The music was angelic and the story was sweet. I have to say it definitely deserved its various awards including an Oscar. And after that little charmer, I think Wreck it Ralph had a lot to live up to.
Let’s start with the story shall we. It was abstract and bizarre but it worked, and for once it did appeal to the adults watching. It wasn’t totally obvious and it certainly was not bland. As a summary, Ralph is a video game character he isn’t happy with being a bad guy so he switches games to try and become a good guy. However in doing this he lets out some weird Matrix bugs and enters in to this sickly sweet racing game where he meets an adorable girl who is a “glitch.” This is basically a story of how Ralph becomes a good guy in his own right. Let’s face it Disney is not renowned for its originality, it’s more known for making classic stories in to something more accessible and entertaining. Although this time they have come up with something incredibly original. The pacing is amazing, giving a quick overview of the backstory, and filling you in as you go. The peak of the story is one of the most heart wrenching scenes I have ever seen. Then the ending was satisfying, touching and just plain brilliance. I like a bit of depth to my stories and Disney never fails to deliver in this department, even though they create kids films, and they do not fail me this time.
The acting was superb and really brought the film to life; with a cast of comedians that can actually act this was a perfect blend. John C. Reilly was fantastic, taking the role of the sarcastic, grumpy but kind Ralph in his stride. Sarah Silverman pulled off the annoying but endearing Vanellope with complete ease, capturing the emotions perfectly and nailing the voice. The not-so well-known Jack McBrayer deserves a mention, although his character was the least interesting or cool characters ever, he really did bring Fix-It Felix Jr to life. Glee-star and long term actress Jane Lynch for me was the real star of the show, we all know she can pull of a sassy mean heartless character any day but boy did she hit the jackpot with this one. Her portrayal of Calhoun, a hot and demanding leader of the soldiers who shows little emotion at the beginning, her lines delivered with perfect timing and her insults hilariously mean, what more could you ask for. I’m not going to mention any more apart from this guy who played an honorably small role that was reminiscent of Alan Rickman’s characteristics in Harry Potter and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He was also the director and co-writer, Rich Moore acted out the tiny part of Zangief or ‘Sour Bill’, a sour sweet that is really sour, it was unforgettable. I would watch just to see him again.
The music was brilliantly fitting and perfectly timed, accessible to the younger generation and appreciative of the older. The writing was perfect, and natural. The props and little tweaks here and there were beautiful and symbolic to the attention to detail, giving the viewer the immersive feel straight away.
Now the animation, the bit I really care about. The word I would use to sum up the animation would be, impeccable. The emotions for all the characters whether human like or not were perfect and easy to see, even through the eyes. The movement of the body and mouth were seamlessly embraced, fitting to the words and the movements. The one thing that struck me as perfect was how the characters from different games were shaped differently. The more realistic games had realistic characters, the kid themed parts were riddled with short characters and Ralph’s game was an old 2d game so Ralph’s hair never moved from its gravity defying position. Felix’s actions were often influence the way his game would have acted, stoically and a little weirdly. Whenever he was going to fix something he would jump up stiffly in to his Fix It pose, precisely how he would appear to us if we played the game. This little detail made the film a lot more believable.
The verdict, well as you can see I’ve very fond of this film. The only thing I could gripe at it how strange and creepy the villain was, and the actor was somewhat boring playing that bit. All in all I really think Disney is going the right way with its 3d films, with two brilliant titles I can only hope the best for them. With emotions, humor and depth to please all age groups Wreck it Ralph is a must see, and I do not regret seeing it, which is always a good thing.
I give it a firm 9/10
Thank you for reading.