Wreck-It-Ralph Review

So I finally got the chance to see Wreck-It-Ralph yesterday in 3D. This movie was well worth the wait. It hit so many different notes right, and is one of my favorite animated movies of the year (my favorite being ParaNorman, but I’m biased because Halloween is my favorite holiday).

What’s the premise of this movie you ask?

“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.”

That’s taken from IMDb and pretty much sets the story up completely in that one line. Ralph wrecks the apartment building in “Fix-It Felix Jr.” He’s grown tired of being the bad guy. He never gets invited to parties, never gets complimented, and most of all, never gets a medal. After an argument and loss of temper at the 30th anniversary party for the game he sets out on a journey to gain a medal and finally get the recognition he deserves. However, things do not go as planned.

There are TONS of nods to other games throughout this movie. I was actually shocked how many things that Disney was able to get the rights to. Sonic, Final Fantasy, Q-Bert, Street Fighter, etc… There’s even graffiti on the subway walls that says things like “Aerith Lives” and “Leroy Jenkins was here!” Looking for all the little details was incredibly fun. There are also the more on-the-nose nods like the main game that Ralph heads for to earn his medal, “Hero’s Duty” which is more HALO/Gears of War than Call of Duty, but it definitely spoofs the FPS genre really well.

The “Sugar Rush” game is like a mix between Mario Kart and Candy Land. This is where a majority of the movie takes place and is really quite beautiful in its own right. Lots of bright colors and pastels. There’s even a diet coke mountain with mentos for stalactites/stalagmites (foreshadowing much?).

All the acting is nifty. I mean, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Disney/Pixar movies. All the actors fit their parts perfectly and do amazing jobs. The score is done by Henry Jackman and really cues the same type of vibe as Scott Pilgrim did. There’s a lot of 8-Bit sampling throughout the score. Jackman blends the sounds really well though and makes them fit with the orchestral pieces. “Life in the Arcade” is probably my favorite of the bunch because it sounds like “Super Mario Bros. 3” and other assorted games from that era.

All-in-all this movie is a definite watch for gamers and the like. It’s appealing to children and adults and is the second best animated movie of the year. GO SEE IT. GO SEE IT NAO! 😀

4/5

 

Top 15 IMAX Films EVER (That I’ve Seen)

15. Resident Evil 4

Arguably the worst of the films I’ve listed, but I’m a fan of the series. Basically I saw it for the cool action bits.

They were cool. The rest of the movie was not. For last place I gave it this cool moving banner image.

14. Underworld 4

Kate Beckinsale + Leather + Guns + Action = one IMAX ticket please.

13. I Am Legend

I saw it for the TDK prologue. It was a decent film with an ATROCIOUS ENDING.

12. Christmas Carol 3D

I took 2 of my friends to see this as their first IMAX film. I really love the story and Jim Carrey and the movie was really good.

I mean, it’s no “Muppets Christmas Carol,” but it’s nice. 😀

11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Almost entirely worthless, but the magic scenes are so wonderful in IMAX. Part 2 is better (and thus ranked higher).

10. Mission Impossible IV

Saw it for the Prologue to TDKR after I had already seen the prologue via winning a contest. Still a damn good movie. Almost the best of the 4 (that goes to 2).

9. Star Trek

One of the best movie opening scenes ever. Such a brilliant movie. It’s even better in IMAX. The sound, that score! Can’t wait for “INTO DARKNESS!”

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Basically non-stop magical action. This was brilliant in 3D. The magic really popped. Kudos to the conversion people on this one.

7. The Matrix Revolutions

MY FIRST IMAX MOVIE. This series was amazing.

I saw this one so much I could quote a lot of it and even used the monologue from the end in an acting class (why mr. Anderson? WHY?!).

6. INCEPTION

This was for my birthday and for research (he got out. The kids are wearing different clothes, Michael Caine was never in the dreams, and the top wobbled. HE GOT OUT.).

5. The Dark Knight

This phenomenal little devil was higher on the list until…

4. SKYFALL

…this guy knocked it down. Roger Deakins’ cinematography in IMAX. Adele singing in IMAX. SO MUCH WIN.

3. THE AVENGERS 3D

Saw this at midnight the day I graduated from college. Best comic-book movie ever made.

2. Tron: LEGACY

This movie was made for IMAX. So many bright lights as well as a pounding Daft Punk soundtrack. One of my favorites of the IMAX movies I’ve seen.

1. AVATAR 3D

Did you really think something else was going to win?

This movie revolutionized the way 3D was used and managed to mesmerize me twice in IMAX 3D and once in regular 3D.

Still the most mesmerizing movie experience I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to head back to Pandora eventually.

Say what you will about the story, but you know the movie was incredible.

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So there’s my list! Hope you enjoyed reading this! Have you seen another film in IMAX that I haven’t? What was it, and was it better than these?

Let me know in the comments!

#SKYFALL is the Best Bond Movie Ever (But Not My Favorite)

(POTENTIAL SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW)

Good God. What wasn’t brilliant about this movie? The main titles. That’s it. Everything else is phenomenal. The acting, the action, the small moments, the humor, etc. This is the best James Bond film ever made, with the second best James Bond ever (Connery will always be #1).

This movie departs from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace’s storyline. There’s literally no mention of either during the whole process of the film. This movie is more about the relationship between M and Bond, as well as a meta-view on James Bond himself. Does the 2012 world really need a man like Bond when the world is controlled by computers? The answer is absolutely “yes.”

There are SO MANY fan nods to the audience in this movie. We get a new Moneypenny. We get a new M. The old Aston Martin shows up. We get the original theme song during the movie. It’s just ridiculous how much the filmmakers loved Bond for this one. It’s a true work of beloved art. They even filmed M’s house in the late John Barry’s (iconic Bond composer who died last year) house as a tribute to him! That’s going the extra mile.

You get everything with this Bond movie. Amazing villain? Check. Amazing score? Check. Amazing action? Check. This is the new benchmark for Bond films. They will all be held up to the standard of this one. 5/5 and you ALL NEED TO GO SEE IT NOW! Javier Bardem makes the whole thing sing. He’s now two of my top 3 villains of all time. 😀

ALSO, MY FAVORITE BOND MOVIE IS STILL “A VIEW TO A KILL.” Funny Roger Moore, Evil Christopher Walken, Duran Duran; what more could you ask for?!