Anthony's Review of Wreck-it Ralph
Seeing the trailer for Wreck-It-Ralph earlier this year I was pretty excited to see this movie. I mean you are getting quality animation, fun for the kids, and way super cool old school video game references for the grown ups. What's not to like?
Well I didn't like everything. Maybe it is a small quibble but I was hoping to see a lot of old school characters pop up all along the way or maybe more jokes incorporating them. But almost all of them are in the first 10 minutes or so of the film and while fun I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had they sprinkled more references throughout.
The story was actually a lot more cookie cutter than I was expecting, sure a lot of animated films tend to stroll down this path but a lot of them tend to do with with style and a fresh approach that makes it feel new. During Wreck-It-Ralph I spent more time thinking about what I knew was coming next instead of just watching it unfold. There were definitely aspects of this film that I just felt disconnected from.
It isn't all bad though. I did like the movie, I just wasn't blown away. The voice acting from all concerned were totally fine, there are even a few jokes (outside of game references) that were funny, but a lot of it felt like 90% 4th grade level humor and in this day-in-age of animated films that just doesn't cut it as far as my enjoyment goes but kids will love it.
The world was well realized and everything looked great, the way they transitioned between their actual world and the "real world" of the arcade was really clever.
Ultimately though this feels like an average animated film. It borders on okay-good for most of the time but never really comes close to the best of animated movies and doesn't even really approach films like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, I'd say Wreck-It-Ralph is a step or two behind those movies.
Kids will love it for sure, and I'm sure there will be some game lovers out there who will enjoy it as well, and even though I liked the movie overall, I don't see myself re-watching this anytime soon.