Monday, November 26, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph (First Impressions) (Movie Review)

     “Wreck-It Ralph” is the latest CG animated Disney movie sense 2010’s “Tangled” and it’s a rare treat to see Disney step out of there familiar form of storytelling that isn’t centered around fairytales. This movie’s themed around arcade games and it might just be the best game themed movie I’ve ever seen. Most video game themed movies like “The Wizard” or “Spy Kids 3: Game Over” focus solely on product placement or flashy visual effects and while this film certainly has a lot of fun offering creative video game worlds and colorful effects the focus is all on the characters.
    The premise goes like this, Wreck-it Ralph is a villain in an arcade video game but he’s tired of being the bad guy, so he goes game jumping into other video games to earn a medial, that way he can proof to be a hero and gain respect from his fellow video game characters. While entering one specific game he meets a little girl who’s a game cliché and wants to prove she’s as good as the other game characters, a friend ship begins and they go off on an exciting little adventure while also going on a journey of self discovery. There are plenty of sub-plots, including a virus that’s destroying arcade games, a surprise villain and characters from other arcade games that are trying to get Ralph back to his game. A simple premise with familiar themes but there’s so much creativity, imagination, character depth and competent story telling that make this film such a gem.
    These two lead characters are very likable and while the message they convey in the end is generic, it’s still good enough to give these great characters more depth and it proves to be the engine that runs this train. Having said that, this is a very entertaining family film that can appeal to both the young and old, the jokes are very clever and the video game worlds that the film has to offer are a lot of fun to experience. It gives you a nice feeling that you’ve been whisked away to this really imaginative world, with so many colorful and elaborate locations. The first fifteen minutes are quiet reminiscent of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, where as in that movie there were a lot of famous cartoon characters all in the background of the film that had no real part in the story, “Wreck-It Ralph” features a lot of famous video game characters like Sonic, Pac man and others, but only as extras that give life to this whole video game world. So you really shouldn’t go into this movie expecting a big cross over like “Rise of the Guardians” or “The Avengers” because it’s not that kind of film.
    All the same, this is a very colorful, clever and entertaining family film that’s certain to please audiences of all ages. Little kids can have fun with the visuals and all the different worlds while parents (young enough to have grown up with video games) can have nostalgic flashbacks on that simple joy of playing video games as a child. It’s an all around great family film that stands as one of Disney’s finest CG animated movies. I give “Wreck-It Ralph” 4 stars.

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