Film review: Wreck-It Ralph, animation starring John C Reilly
Disney's latest animated feature can't quite overcome the sheer flimsiness of the conceit on which it is built. Ralph (voiced by John C Reilly) is a villain in an old video game in an arcade. He is sick of being the baddie.
To prove he can be a hero, he leaves his own game and sets off on an epic journey into other computer game worlds. It's a feeble starting point but – as you would expect in a film exec produced by Pixar's John Lasseter – a huge amount of ingenuity has gone into the characters and 3D animation.
Much of the film unfolds in Sugar Rush, a go-karting game where the landscape is built of confectionery. Here, Ralph befriends a tiny tomboy (Sarah Silverman) nicknamed a "glitch" because she doesn't really exist as a full computer character.
The film tries hard both to be nostalgic, evoking a Pac-Man-era world of lost innocence, and contemporary, nodding in the direction of Call of Duty-style war games.
There are some rousing chases and races but we are always aware that the characters are one-dimensional figures from ancient arcade games. The mawkishness is as cloying as the gloop that Ralph encounters on his journey across Sugar Rush.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema interview: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Iraq crisis: End 'very near' for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop
Secret Cinema interview: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones: season 4 bloopers unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
50 best running songs: From Avicii and Pharrell Williams to the classic 'Eye of the Tiger'
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia