You know how it is when people start waxing lyrical about a movie, you have your reservations, can it really be that good that everyone likes it? Usually I’m the one that says no…usually.
I’ve just finished watching Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and I have to say that it does live up to the hype, the film is just fantastic, I can’t say perfect, but it is superb.
You know the story, bad guy decides he’s had enough of being bad in his video game and so wants to win a medal as he thinks that will make him good and make everyone like him, he ends up in a racing game and…well, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you (but it is Disney!).
Ralph is voiced by John C. Reilly and the voice works and the performance is great, Sarah Silverman plays Vanellope and has a much bigger part to play then you think, and she also works and puts in a great performance.
The only voice casting I have an issue with is Jane Lynch as Calhoun. It’s not a swipe at her work, she’s very good, but as soon as you realise that’s who it is, it just doesn’t seem to fit. Sure she’s playing a hard-nose, gun-carrying warrior type but she’s also young,sexy and vulnerable, not words I attach to Lynch, as good as she is.
The story takes on a similar flow to an episode of the Simpsons, you know, when it starts it seems like it’s going to be about one thing and then totally flips and it’s actually about something else? This is what writers (deep breath there’s a lot of them!): Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Jennifer Lee, Sam J. Levine, John C. Reilly and Jared Stern have achieved with this and it’s all the better for it.
Rich Moore also handles directing duties and has actually directed the Simpsons, as well as Futurama and was also writer on Mighty Mouse! His animated credentials shine through and the amazing visual pop and leap from the screen, parts are very Disney (there’s a lot of pink), in fact most of it is a film in pink but please don’t let it put you off.
Wreck-It Ralph achieves what most films can only dream of, it will make you laugh, make you smile, make you route for the characters and, unless you’re heart is particularly stoney, it will bring a tear to your eyes.