So I went to see Wreck-It-Ralph at the weekend. I had heard about this movie back when it was released in the US, but had to wait for an Irish release before I could see it.
It was well worth the wait.
The basic concept of the Movie is very similar to Toy Story, and many other movies with a similar concept, what exactly do computer game characters do when there is no one around to watch them.
The plot is quite simple, about a person seen as been evil by all around him, trying to prove that he can be a good guy.
The simple plot description of course does not even come close to describing the joy that exists in this movie. Sure there the shout out moments when famous game characters make an appearance (Sonic, Street fighter 2 and so on) but these references are more for the adults in the audience than the kids, and so the movie depends more on the original characters that we encounter than any others.
The main character is Wreck-it-Ralph, who was thrown out of his home so an apartment block could be built, and so tries to destroy that block. After 30 years of the same thing, he gets bored with living in the dump, and wants to prove that he is good enough to live in the apartment building with everyone else.
I don’t want to go to much into this movie, as while i believe you can enjoy it knowing things, there are certain moments of Joy that just had me laughing.
In general i think the best parts of the movie are:
- The world building in this was really well done, the world and its history are sometimes built with a deft touch and others just pushed in your face. Both ways work, and make sense for the different elements that are introduced in this way.
- The characters are well realised and defined. oh and are great fun.
- The self-awareness of the characters, they know they are in games, and they know what could happen if they stop playing for the people.
- The “in” jokes. They are there adding an extra layer, but if you miss the joke that’s ok as it is never important to the plot
This film is probably going to remain one of my favourite films for a long time, I have already bought the soundtrack, and have gotten the iOS game for it as well, which is quite addictive.
In the end the message of the film is all about accepting who you are, and finding happiness in the differences between you and other people. Which is, I think, a good message in any movie.
This movie will be on my Hugo nomination Form for best dramatic performance, Long Form.