Movie Review #320: Wreck-It-Ralph

A film that hit all the right buttons

Wreck-It-Ralph feels like a Pixar movie. It’s smart, funny, memorable, and has likable characters. But most of all, it’s touching. The last animated film that really moved me was How To Train Your Dragon. And although Ralph isn’t as excellent, it still belongs to the top tier of the genre.

The movie can be universally enjoyed by any demographic, but as a gamer I loved the theme very much. Whether the movie takes audiences to the land of first-person shooter game Hero’s Duty, or the candy-covered racing world of Sugar Rush, the visuals are spectacular and the corresponding reason why the characters are there is well-explained and it allowed the story to be more flexible and the visuals more varied. That made the movie even more unique and less cliché. And while I usually don’t bother taking note of the voice casting, I’d say their connections with their characters were quite nifty especially Sarah Silverman who voiced Vanellope von Schweetz. John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer were good as well.

Another standout from the film was its soundtrack. Henry Jackman composed some great scores and I particularly liked the ones that played when the film travels to new areas. Other noteworthy contributors include Skrillex, Owl City and AKB48. Hardcore gamers might also take notice of some video game references (don’t worry no spoilers here), a cute  nostalgia factor that adds on to the entertainment of moviegoers.

There’s plenty of things to be seen and enjoyed in the film. The story has heart, the plot and the visuals seemed like it was concocted by Pixar, and there’s a strong chance you’ll emotionally connect with the cute and interesting characters. No matter how old you are, the film can grow on you and as far as a sequel is concerned I’d say it’s a no-brainer as I believe Ralph will definitely stay in people’s minds for a long time.

GRADE: B+

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