Wreck-It Ralph Review

From the first time I saw the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph, I had to see it. An animated film about video game? How could I resist such a good idea. I didn’t have much expectations I just wanted see what could be done with it. I was completely blown away by this beautiful tale filled with vibrant characters, powerful moments and incredible imagination. Wreck-It Ralph won me over with its broad themes and its redemptive story reminiscent of the masterfully made Pixar films, in fact I honestly don’t think Pixar could’ve done it better themselves.

Wreck-It Ralph tells the glorious tale of Wreck-It Ralph, a video game villain who wants more out of life, to be a hero. He’s necessary to his game like any other villain, but he’s sick of getting no recognition and living in a dump next to the building that represents the setting of his video game. Ralph’s journey introduces him to vast new lands and faithful friends for there’s much more to the story than initially established.

This arcade world that the film is set in is spectacular. This world is just established perfectly with set rules and regulations that just make sense. Clever jokes are made along the way, but the story and the characters are always at the forefront. It’s a very mature film and it’s clear that a lot of care and time went into the plotting and the creation. While offering a brilliant story fit with subtle and potent morals, Wreck-It Ralph is also consistently supremely entertaining. You can’t keep your eyes off the spectacle of it all.

The images are vivid, the characters are unique and the story is innovative and completely captivating. The film is able to touch on such wide array of emotions that you forget you’re watching a children’s film. Wreck-It Ralph is a beautiful film about accepting who you are and finding the people who love who you are. It’s a wonderful film all around and if I had to guess, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t find enjoyment in watching this film.

Grade: A

Argo Review

Argo offers more proof that Ben Affleck really has a lot to offer the film industry, but his talents lie behind the camera rather than in front of it. With Argo he offers up a true human drama about an attempt to extract and save six Americans trapped in revolutionary Iran. The film’s story delves into the kind of heroes that deserve to have their stories told. All around Argo is a very enjoyable film really keeps your attention through out.

The film follows CIA operative Tony Mendez, and his daring plot to establish a fake Canadian movie in order to look for locations in Iran so he can get the targets and get out alive. John Goodman and Alan Arkin are both great in their smaller parts as a Hollywood make-up artist and a film producer who aid Mendez on his little project. They offer a bit of light comedy in an otherwise very serious drama. Bryan Cranston is also fantastic as another CIA agent. Ben Affleck, however, is one of the few things that doesn’t work in the film, he gives an emotionless performance that just shows a complete lack of prowess on the acting front. It’s a one-note performance and it gets you through the film, but it’s just lazy.

This was a very tense movie offering some very dramatic scenes that put you on the edge of your seat, this can’t be said about every scene that attempts this tension. If I had one other problem with the film it would be just a couple scenes (I don’t want to give them away if you haven’t seen the movie) that felt overdramatic and more like a movie, scenes that were trying to make you worry about the innocent characters. I understand where the filmmakers were coming from, but I felt like just a few moments were trying way too hard when the rest of the film was a taut thriller that seemed to accurately depict an event and period.

All in all, Argo was very enthralling film and one I’d certainly watch again regardless of my very slight issues with it. It was the kind of true story that should be told for two reasons; it was a story I’ve never heard of and it was quite the amazing story. Argo was able to throw a lot of elements into its story from very dramatic moments to very comedic and satirical (hollywood-wise) moments. Argo, all together, was a rather excellent film and offered more evidence to the fact that Ben Affleck should continue directing movies.

Grade: A-