Cert: PG Runtime: 108 mins Director: Rich Moore Starring: John C.Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Ed O’Neill
It’s hard to love your job, when no one else seems to like you for doing it…
Disney has made some really good animated movies, but they had never done a lot of movies that are as bright and original as Wreck-it Ralph, the new animated film from Disney.During my festive travels I was quite lucky to catch Wreck-It Ralph in Berlin. It’s not out until the 8th of February in the UK, so what is Wreck-It Ralph? Wreck-It Ralph (John C.Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan — win a medal — but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?I had extremely high expectations for this movie. I had the feeling that this will turn out to be an excellent animated film. I thought the premise to this sounded really cool and clever – a love letter to video games.
I really love the voice cast.John C. Reilly delivered a strong performance as the title character, who wants to make a change in his life, achieve it, and become what he wants to be. That’s what a great movie character is about. Sarah Silverman provides most of the movie’s funny moments as one of the “Sugar Rush” characters who Ralph befriends, and is a “glitch” (a character who faults the game). She tries to get Ralph for help to become a racer once again. Jack McBrayer has an amusing supporting role as Fix-it Felix, the main hero in the “Fix-it Felix” arcade game, who sets out to find Ralph and get him back to where he belongs. Jane Lynch does a great job playing the main character in a first-person shooter game known as “Hero’s Duty”, who tries to find Ralph, alongside Felix.The animation is simply wonderful; the bright colors, the set-ups, the environments, the characters all look fantastic. At times, the movie is very gorgeous to look at on the big screen.The characters in this were likable and funny. It was awesome to see some video game characters making cameos (like Bowser, Pac-Man, Sonic, etc.). The story to the movie is well-thought out and genuinely clever. It’s always nice to see something new to the table. I really liked the themes to the movie: What does it mean to be a true hero? How can the main character’s goal become a success? And so forth.Generally, movies from Disney and/or PIXAR give a lot heart into their stories, which makes the tone of the movie become very sweet. Wreck-it Ralph has enough heart to make it that way. From start to finish, this movie is a lot of fun, and when families bring their kids to see this movie, they’re going to fall in love with it.