In a spontaneous midweek splurge, mime and I braved popcorn flavoured cinema seats for an honourable mission.
Wreck It Ralph.
I’d been unashamedly quoted the movie trailer for weeks and (it’s my birthday, preciousss — er, kind of) with hard earned busking money we decided it was time to see the infamous movie. If you’re a Despicable Me fan (which we are), you’d love Wreck It Ralph.
After I had a mental blank while trying to buy our movie tickets (we want tickets to…um…er…Wreck It Ralph! Yes, that’s it!), we snuck into a cinema filled with, about, ten other people (most very small). Let it be known we are not ashamed to see kids animation movies! But, when our nephew is old enough to sit through a whole film, we’ll take him along and look a little more conspicuous.
Disney put on another marvelous visual feast as Wreck It Ralph takes off with a game arcade, dimes, and a retro gaming machine called Fix-It-Felix-Junior. Narrated by Ralph, we enter the computer game world. It’s brilliant! Ralph’s is the baddie. Felix is the goodie. But Ralph struggles with the fact that he’s considered the “bad guy” during work and even when the arcade has shut down and the avatars are free to roam between games. No one likes him. It’s very sad and we all immediately feel for poor Ralph. Felix tries to be diplomatic, but, at the end of the day, Ralph wrecks things. All things.
I loved the characters inside the games. They were really thought out and detailed. I loved how, in Ralph’s retro pixelated game, everyone (except Ralph and Felix) walked in spasmodic, robot steps. Jerky, like the video game. And when Ralph smashes a cake? The mess is pixelated! Touches like that make me smile.
As Ralph runs through games, trying to earn a “hero medal”, we meet lots of characters. After flunking Hero’s Duty, Ralph crashes into the game Sugar Rush. The Strawberry-Shortcake style avatars race cake and lolly go carts. It’s all very sugary and would give anyone an epileptic fit if they lived there. I love the lollipop lawns and candy cane trees. It’s all so fun!
As for the characters? Venellope is the best. The. Best. She’s funny, quirky, spontaneous and cute. Her relationship with Ralph is so awesome, I couldn’t help cracking up. Out loud. In the cinema. Come on! At least I was enjoying myself, which is more then I can say for most of the movie goers since I didn’t hear a peep out of them. Ralph and Venellope bicker and argue and call each other “meanie” names (like stinkbrain), but when the crunch comes they shine.
There are some heart warming moments, a few bits where I sniffed pathetically (and mime sighed at me), and lots and lots of room to laugh. It’s visually wonderful, with a story to match. Five out of five stars for me. I love it when a movie lives up to my expectations!