Thursday, 28 February 2013

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Theatrical release poster depicting the protagonist, Ralph, along with various video-game characters
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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.

Judging by the trailer, this film could have easily been a film packed to the rafters with video-game cameos and in-jokes that would've alienated those who aren't familiar with them, but instead uses that as a backdrop towards the titular character's quest to be loved by those he's worked with for 30 years.

John C. Reilly packs a brilliant amount of emotion into his voice work as Ralph, who's saddened by how he's feared and resigned to live in the trash-heap while his in-game antagonist reaps the benefits of being a hero with the constant adoration of the other characters and living within a penthouse suite.

I wonder if he knows how amazing a porn star name he has...
The combined efforts of the voice work and the well-written script goes a long way towards making these characters into people you couldn't care more about, making you want them to each achieve their goals, be it to feel acceptance in the place you've lived in for years or to succeed in the quest of romance.

The Disney animation is brilliant to behold, doing a great job of melding the qualities of the games of today and of yesterday, be it in the High-Definition differences in quality or simply in the way the characters move.

While the films spends far too much time within the video game 'Sugar Rush', the outstanding voice work, hugely imaginative premise and the wonderful heart makes this the best Disney film in years.

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