This Sunday we were really lucky to be going to the advanced screening of the new Disney movie Wreck it Ralph at Cineworld in Birmingham. Roo was really excited to be going as she’d been going crazy every time she’d seen the trailers for Wreck it Ralph on the cinema and it looked to be another great Disney movie that would be suitable for the whole family.
Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia and tells the story of Ralph (played by the brilliant John C. Reilly) who is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer very funny guy), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day.
After decades of doing the same thing, and following their 30th Anniversary party where Ralph isn’t invited Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (very feisty Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.
The movie is a PG and I would say that ideally kids aged 4+ are suitable for the movie. There is a little bit of mild peril with the alien bug invasion from Hero’s Duty and Roo took a while to realise that Sergeant Calhoun wasn’t a baddy as her voice is gruff and let’s face it if you see a woman wielding a gun and shooting aliens, you’re probably not going to warm too her that quickly.
We saw Wreck it Ralph in 3D and this was our first foray into 3D. At just a shade over 1hr 30 mins long the length is fine for 3D and visually it is absolutely stunning. There’s lots of subtle uses of 3D without it overpowering the movie and becoming the focus. Clever parts such as falling debris during Ralph’s hilarious attempt at being a soldier in Hero’s Duty had you remembering that it was a 3D movie and I was glad that they hadn’t focused on this too much as I think it would have distracted from the brilliant story line.
Wreck it Ralph is absolutely genius in the way it is written. There are funny, tongue in cheek adult moments that grown ups will chuckle over – Vanellope’s witty and sarcastic humour in lines such as ‘You better watch where you step in a game called ‘Hero’s Duty’” are delivered in a way only Silverman could and Vanellope becomes the funniest character in the film. The brilliant revisiting of retro classic gaming villains from Pac Man, Mario and Street Fighter give all the adults in the audience a nostalgic flashback.
As the film progresses and Ralph and Vanellope battle against the evil King Candy of Sugar Rush to build her a go-kart and turn her into the ultimate racer the movie takes on a darker tone. Forbidden to race by King Candy because if she was to win, Vanellope would be deleted from the game (a lie on his part – I won’t tell you the real reason as it will spoil the film), the audience meet a character who is pretty terrifying. From the design to his demise, it’s the type of villain which we’d see in a creepy 80’s kids movie. It’s with this move that the film proves that only does Wreck it Ralph hanker back to old school video games but also the type of kids films which weren’t scared to have a sense of danger.
The story line is a little more complicated than previous Disney movies; with several sub plots to try and follow but it all blends together seamlessly and makes for the best family comedy since Toy Story 3. The moral of Wreck it Ralph is simple and kind-hearted: just because people tell you can’t do something doesn’t mean you can’t.
I’d thorough recommend this as a great family movie for kids 4-5 and up simply because of the few scary bits; it is by far the best Disney movie for several years and we are already booking to see it again.
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