Wreck-It Ralph (2012) – 4/5

Funny, entertaining film with a great story that manages to be one of the most creative, imaginative things I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s lightweight and fun, full of clever game references and hilariously wacky situations, but it’s also suspenseful and intensely emotional, especially at the end. And the voice acting is spot on, especially from Sarah Silverman who is adorable as all hell here, and Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer, though Silverman is the one that steals the show. Who would have thought? The only weak link is John C. Reilly who just feels off, though you get used to him after a while. But what a great film.

The film has its problems, sure. There’s a bit too much plot, what with the whole **SPOILERS** evil bug virus thing at the end that doesn’t quite live up to its apocalyptic expectations. The whole end in general felt rushed; I was really hoping for a big epic fight between the characters and the bugs, or the bugs leaking into video game grand central and wrecking havoc or something, but no; the bugs are disposed of rather quickly and all is well again. The end. **END SPOILERS** But whatever. Minor quibble for an otherwise extremely entertaining 2/3rds. Loved the heck out of it.

Overall, yeah, great, one of the most creative, downright fun films I’ve seen in a long time. The creativity and joy here is like a breath of fresh air, especially if you’re anything like me and only tend to watch grim or otherwise deathly serious fare. Not that this film is shallow or mindless in any way; it’s a good movie, well told, well acted, beautifully animated, full of heart and joy and emotion. Can’t recommend it enough, plot flaws and all.

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