Wreck-It Ralph in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.
Ralph doesn’t just break the Internet — he breaks the mold for Disney/Pixar sequels.
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I’m sixteen years old and I’ve been reading your website for the past year or so. I noticed that you gave Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph only a C+. I saw it hoping against all odds that you would be wrong.
I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Though I would certainly never put the movie on par with movies such as Ratatouille or The Secret World of Arrietty, I found it an enjoyable and well-made diversion with interesting characters, impressive visuals, and fun plot twists.
You claimed that the character’s stories held no emotional gravity; I disagree. I felt bad for Vanellope when the other racers wrecked her car, I found Felix and Calhoun’s mismatched romance fun and comical, and I actually cried when Ralph was reciting the Villain’s Anonymous pledge as he fell towards the volcano.
You also complained that Vanellope was annoying, but I found her obnoxiousness to be nowhere near as potent as I expected it to be, and her banter with Ralph was charming and endearing. I also really liked the plot twist about King Candy. The idea that he was Turbo wasn’t even on the outskirts of my mind, but when it was revealed I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it coming.
Unlike many a DreamWorks movie, it was clear someone actually cared how it turned out. It had a distinctive and creative concept, a well-developed world, an interesting plot, and an engaging ensemble of characters. I don’t quite understand your negativity towards it. I would say it was Disney’s second best CGI movie, not as good as Tangled but certainly better than Bolt and everything preceding it.
Thanks for all the great work you do! I hope you don’t think this means I’m not going to read your website anymore. I love your writing and I’ll certainly continue to visit. I only wonder why you treated Wreck-It Ralph with such disdain.
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