You might have noticed that I never reviewed Brave despite it being on that Summer Movie Preview I did months ago. I did manage to see it but never got around to writing about it. I may still review it but for now I’ll let you know that I thought it was pretty good but not exactly up to the standard I hold for Pixar. Since whatever movie Pixar made that year tends to be the top animated film of the year the times when they don’t deliver usual quality things get murky. For example since 2005 Pixar has won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film every year except in the years when they released the Cars movies, which are considered to be by far the worst they ever produced.
Enter Wreck-It Ralph. Ever since it came out it’s gained a ton of critical acclaim. But let’s be honest: it’s Disney. The best animated films Disney usually produces are actually done by Pixar so my hopes weren’t very high for it. I ended up putting off catching it until last week. Despite my reservations I like video games and I like cartoons; why no give it a chance?
Full review after the jump.
|I wonder if Donkey Kong and Mario have a similar relationship|
Visually Wreck-It Ralph looks really damn good. Aside from a few little details the animation is gorgeous. The locations are detailed and the tone from world to world is very different from the last. If you take away anything from this film it should be how well the computer animators did when crafting the universe we see. Also you may have heard that this movie is a sort of modern day Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and that’s pretty accurate. That film is famous because for the first time in history (and since?) where all the major animated film properties were featured in one movie. The same happens here as lots of classic video game characters cameos in this film in similar fashion. There have been mixed thoughts about if this works or not but since I’m old enough to be familiar with classic arcades and young enough to have played plenty of modern video games I’d say that I’m in the perfect age group to enjoy the references.
|Christ, what a f**king monster. Totally evil to the core|
All of the main cast is good, with I guess Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz being the most obvious stand-out, but Alan Tudyk as King Candy steals the show in this one. I didn’t even recognize his voice and I dare say he’s the actor that does the most actual acting in this film.
|Pictured: A leaf in the wind. Probably.|
I also would have liked to see more of the video game world. We spend a lot of time in Sugar Rush, which is gorgeous, and a bit in some other games but it feels like there’s so much untapped potential here and I was literally aching to see more of it. This is probably a testament to how much I liked the look of everything.
|Sleeps in a cave; not particularly friendly|
|It's called "Bad Anon" yet everyone in the world knows they're villains|
-Some issues with key characters and their actors
-It would have been nice to see even more game worlds