Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wreck it Ralph review; A fun, nostalgic look a video games past
I know I'm a few weeks late with this review; but life has been busy since I saw this film. Let me begin with a short trip down memory lane. I remember seeing Toy Story for the first time, and thinking to myself, 'where was this movie when I was a kid?" I mean, Disney Pixar made every kid wonder, what toys do when we're not around. That was 1995, in 2012, Disney has us asking a different question; what do video game characters do when we're not around? That question is answered in Wreck it Ralph. The animated film is directed by Rich Moore and stars the voice talent of John C. Reily, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
The Video Game World
Also a treat, the animation of each character reflects the time in which their video games existed. Ralph and other older characters look and move differently than those characters in today's video games. The sound design is also very clever, with sound effects and themes we can't help but remember from years ago.
The Voice Talent
Step Brothers), and he's even been nominated for an Academy Award (Chicago). This may surprise you though, because Reily has such a recognizable voice, Wreck it Ralph is the actor's first attempt at voice acting. He does such a wonderful job portraying a sad and lonely character, that just wants to be loved. The vulnerability in his voice is just one facet of his character. There is a Shrek-like, temper inside his character, that Reily brings to the forefront a time or two during the movie.
Also wonderful are the supporting characters, and their voice actors. Sarah Silverman, using a barely recognizable voice, plays a tiny friend that Ralph meets in a Candy Land like game of race cars. She also adds a vulnerability to her character that makes the friendship much more realistic. Jack McBryer plays Felix, the hero in the game Ralph is supposed to terrorize. He is just spot on, he totally nails in. And the wonderful Jane Lynch plays a soldier that is a part of a game that is invested by alien bugs. She's loud, proud, and a total leader in the film. Good stuff.
What I didn't like:
A fun, nostalgic look a video games past