I'm not sure if you caught Wreck It Ralph last year, but in front of the film was a great short called Paperman. I really love this short, and it has a very old school Disney kind of feel. Happy Friday, and enjoy!
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A Disney film about video games with a star studded cast was really hard to resist. Check out the trailer and I'll get into the review.
This movie is a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it. There is a cool nostalgia associated with Wreck It Ralph, as I'm sure most folks who grew up in the late 70's through early 90's can remember feeding quarters to video games in arcades. As you can see in the trailer, Riley plays Ralph; the bad guy in a Donkey Kong/Rampage style video game called Fix It Felix Jr. He has finally reached a point where he is tired of being the bad guy and not being liked. He decides to take things into his own giant ham sized hands, and embarks on a journey through several games in the arcade.
I have no idea how Disney got the rights to use all the old school video game characters, but you'll see a lot of familiar faces from your childhood. There are cameos from Pac Man, Sonic, Street Fighter, Tapper, Qbert, Dig Dug, and a several other classics. There is also quite a few nods to various candies and sweets like a quick sand pit made of Nesquick, Laffy Taffy, and Mentos plunging into Diet Coke.
I was surprised to see most of this film takes place in a candy based game called Sugar Rush (think little girl's version of Mario Kart with candy). Riley plays a great "fish out of water" in Sugar Rush and Silverman plays the annoying little girl to perfection. Their relationship is a lot of fun, and there are a ton of jokes that arise out of the sugary wonderland.
As I like to mention in really good and really bad films, the "plant and pay off" in Wreck It Ralph is great (can't really give away much more about that without a spoiler). I really enjoyed the story and the video game setting took me back to my youth. The film is very cute, has a phenominal cast (too many big names to mention), and overall it is a ton of fun. I definitely recommend that you see this film!
I forgot to mention an amazing little short that airs before the film called Paperman. It is all CGI but has a bit of the old school hand drawn feel to it. Paperman is almost all in black and white, and there is no dialogue. The score is amazing, and the story is heartwarming. When you realize that you get Paperman and Wreck It Ralph all for one ticket, I was more than satisfied. Check out the vid below for a little more explanation about the story of Paperman and go see both films in theaters.
Ah, I love the Pixar films even though I have to share the theater with a bunch of kids. I've been looking forward to this film for quite a while and when I got the green light from Rotten Tomatoes (meaning higher than 50%), I headed over to the cineplex with Mrs. Foxtrot. Check out the trailer and I'll get into it:
On a scale of Toy Story 3 to Cars 2 Brave is somewhere in the middle. This is by no means Pixar's best work, but it isn't awful either. The CG is stunning; everything looks gorgeous and shiny and extremely polished. The voice acting is quite good, and the characters really come to life on screen.
The biggest problem with Brave is way too many gingers the story. When you think about how great the story was in Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3, great expectations are assumed for anything Pixar. This story isn't bad, but it is shallow and weak. There is really only one "twist" if you want to call it that, and when it happens it is more used for humor than a hinge point. The story is pretty much "on the nose" for the whole movie, but still incredibly entertaining. I hate to stay it, but How To Train Your Dragon is a far better film in the same genre. If Brave had the same quality of story telling that How To Train Your Dragon had, it would have been a home run.
As a quick side note, Pixar always starts their movies with a short film, and La Luna preceded Brave. I dont' want to spoil it because it is so short, but it really was fantastic. I'm amazed that fun little story with literally no speaking can be so damned enjoyable.
If you are a Pixar fan boy (or have kids) this is good film worth seeing. It is very entertaining with a fair mix of humor and serious moments. The CG is top notch and you can friggin' count the whiskers on the horse's face! The story is weak for Pixar, but still better than Cars 2 :)
I ventured to my local cineplex to watch Cars 2 this past weekend. Meh... It was probably the weakest pixar film to date, but like the Apple can do no wrong, all mac products are awesome fanboys, I still enjoyed the experience. The CG was amazing, and the plot a pinch weak. I'm a true fan of Pixar and as much I really wanted to call this amazing, it simply wasn't.
Pixar's newest project is called Brave, and I assume it takes place in Scotland. I'm not entirely sure why a giant eyed ginger is taking on a bear with a bow and arrow, but I'm nonetheless intrigued. Enjoy the trailer:
A quick side note... Anytime there is an open land scene (as seen at 21 seconds in) I can really do without the Eagle screech. It is beyond over used!