Dir: Rich Moore
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch & Sarah Silverman
American animated films usually fall into two categories. On the one hand they may be stunningly realised and brilliantly written creations as is the case with Brave, Shrek of Toy Story. On the other hand you can end up with travesties like Gnomio and Juliet or Cars 2. Disney traditionally has a great hit ratio, and they keep up their impressive record with Wreck-It Ralph.
Wreck-It Ralph (Reilly) is the villain in a retro arcade game Fix-It Felix. After 30 years of being the bad guy, Ralph is fed up of seeing Felix (McBayer) always being the hero. He decides to leave his own game in order to achieve his dream. After stumbling into Hero’s Duty in order to accomplish his mission, he manages to set-off a chain reaction that threatens to destroy the entire arcade. Ralph crashes into Sugar Rush and befriends Vanellope (Silverman), an outsider herself, and they band together to both achieve their goals. Aided by platoon leader Calhoun (Lynch), they must work together to save their world and get Vanellope across the finish line.
Wreck-It Ralph is a great film which children will absolutely love, but there’s plenty in there for adults to enjoy. If you’ve ever been a gamer, you will love some of the knowing humour and references. There are a also few surprising swipes in the movie (I’m guessing Disney and Coca-Cola don’t get on!). Wreck-It Ralph looks stunning and the whole thing has been very cleverly done; littered with impressive little touches and made with painstaking attention to detail.
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during half-term, or just want to see an entertaining film which will appeal to all ages, I can highly recommend going to see Wreck-It Ralph.
Full screening times: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/wreckitralph