My Thoughts On… Wreck-It Ralph

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Synopsis

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (via IMDb)

What I liked

  • This was yet another film that I wasn’t sure about before I watched it. Although it’s Disney, I wasn’t sure that it was really my thing, but I think that’s just because I hadn’t bothered actually finding out what the film is about! As it turned out, I really liked it; it was a decent story, with only a small amount of schmaltz to contend with.
  • I found it really funny in places. My favourite bit was the Oreos guarding the candy palace, singing “Oreo, O-reo”, referencing The Wizard of Oz. It made me laugh out loud, and I keep singing it weeks later! The Bad Anon meeting also made me laugh, as did Vanellope laughing over Hero’s Duty/Doodie.
  • Talking of Vanellope, I liked her a lot. She reminded me of Boo from Monsters Inc., without being anywhere near as cute. I liked her sass, but also the fact that she was vulnerable and reliant on Ralph, and that’s she loved him and just wanted him to help her. I am not a huge fan of Sarah Silverman, if I’m honest; when she was doing the promotion for Wreck-it Ralph, she got on my bloody nerves. But I liked Vanellope.
  • I really liked Ralph too. John C. Reilly was cast absolutely perfectly in the role, because he plays that slightly downtrodden and tragic character so well. He’s funny, but he elicits just the right amount of sympathy, and you genuinely are willing him on throughout the whole film.
  • I’m not a gamer, by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve played games in the past, though, so I was able to pick up on some of the cameos and little jokes that are peppered throughout. I should imagine if you are a hard-core gamer (of a certain age), you’ll appreciate the film even more.

What I Didn’t Like

  • It shouldn’t be unexpected, being a Disney film, but all the sass and wit of the film gave way to a certain amount of saccharine sweetness at the end. It’s not terrible, but the voiceover nature of the ending certainly added to the schmaltz.

Why Should I See This Film?

There’s something for everyone in Wreck It Ralph, I think it genuinely works for both adults and children. It’s funny, sweet, full of action, and it made me laugh out loud a couple of times. It feels a bit modern, and not timeless enough to become a true Disney classic, but that’s not to say it’s not very enjoyable. 

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