Greg and I saw Wreck It Ralph yesterday at our local Cineworld. It was my first time seeing a movie in 4DX, as my eyes don’t see 3D particularly well. When I saw that there was a 2D 4DX version I was all over it.
We started with the characters that we loved – Ralph and Vanelope sat in the extension cable that acts as a station concourse where all the characters can meet up, which I love – the idea of this melting pot that all these characters from different games can meet.
Long story short, the game controller for Sugar Rush gets broken and they wander into the newly plugged in WiFi router to try to find another one on eBay before Mr Sitwak can sells the game for parts. The scene with Ralph and Vanellope travelling through the exchange with kind of cool in 4DX, but when you were ejected into a stunning cityscape something akin to Zootopia it really showed that with Disney everything you need is up on the screen in front of you.
As we’ve come to expect, Disney create some really insightful visuals, but this time linked to things that may be more amusing for adults including Twitter, ‘Buzztube’, Google, eBay, pop ups, pop up blockers and ‘Knowsmore’, a great anthropomorphism of a Search Engine, again characterised with some absolutely stunning visuals.
Ralph and Vanelope accidentally bid $71,000 for a new Sugar Rush controller, and end up trying to raise funds by attempting to steal objects from games to be sold on the web. The most coveted being a car from a game called Slaughter Race – a racing game that appeals to Vanelope’s need for a challenge and something new. Enter Gal Gadot from Stage Left as the hard-ass protagonist from Slaughter Race who is actually a sweetheart with a heart of gold who recognises something of a kindred spirit in Vanellope.
Fast forward an hour with some amazing supporting characters including Taraji P. Henson as Yesss alongside Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer all-too-briefly reprising their hysterical performances. More well-illustrated concepts including the dark web and viruses and an almost Inside Out-esque sequence of emotions coming to life mean that Ralph Wrecks the Internet ends with a poignant, beautiful illustration of a friendship’s need to evolve if it’s going to survive.
Some of the highlights for me were the scenes including the Disney Princesses (“she’s from the other studio…”), the dream sequence musical number with Vanellope, the extra scene in the credits with the Kitty and Bunny
The more I think about it, the more I think I might appreciate a return trip to the cinema. When I left yesterday my impression was ‘it was good, but not as good as the original, and I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to see it again’, so I’ll be interested to see whether a repeat viewing changes my mind.
For me it’s a solid 8/10 – I think my issue is that Disney have had so many great movies recently that anything below this doesn’t quite hit the spot for me.
Oh – and stay for the extra clip during the credits- you won’t be sorry!
What did you think? Did I miss anything major? Is there anything you disagree with me on?