Hypable Movie Review: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

1:30 pm EDT, November 2, 2012

Originality and creative possibility are in no short supply with Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, a light, fun animated adventure that never quite lives up to its potential, but still offers enough to withstand its rather lengthy running time.

Taking place in the world of an arcade, the film follows Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the bad guy in the old arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr., where the titular character (voiced by Jack McBrayer) must protect an apartment building from Ralph. All Ralph does is wreck stuff, so when a brand new shooting game enters the arcade, Ralph abandons his game and enters Hero’s Duty, in order to win a “gold medal” and gain acceptance from the heroes in his own game and throughout Game Central Station.

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It’s a cute story that will be sure to please kids and videogame fans alike, but the ingenuity of the concept should please any fan of storytelling as well. Unfortunately the film never hits the heights it promises, as it often relies on run-of-the-mill jokes and storytelling devices. When Ralph unleashes a deadly enemy from Hero’s Duty, he is thrust into the world of Sugar Rush, a colorful, cart racing version of Candyland, where he befriends the outsider Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who has been abandoned by the other characters in the game due to her being a “glitch.”

Fix-It Felix, Jr. and Hero’s Duty squadron leader Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) must enter Sugar Rush and return Wreck-It Ralph to his game before it gets shut down due to his abandonment. What’s worse is the deadly enemy that threatens Sugar Rush also threatens every other game in the arcade. The film is action-packed and brimming with color and energy, thanks to direction from Rich Moore (The Simpsons). Yet the story relies too much on traditional devices and story direction, not to mention too often featuring silly, crude humor penned by screenwriters Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnson.

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There are some fun characters and voice performances within Sugar Rush, such as the flamboyant King Candy (voiced by Alan Tudyk), his two pastry police, voiced by Adam Carolla and Horatrio Sanz, and Taffyta Muttonfudge (voiced by Mindy Kaling). Other fun voice actors include Ed O’Neill as Mr. Litwak in Fix-It Felix, Jr. and Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram in Hero’s Duty.

There are some fun, unique moments of comedy to be had, particularly when it comes to Wreck-It Ralph’s times at Bad Guy Anonymous, but most of the action and entertainment is fairly run-of-the-mill. The story and humor treads little new ground, and while you’ll laugh and smile here and there, it’s hard to not feel disappointed, as the film offers an abundance of promise. Wreck-It Ralph causes much less harm than its titular character, and there are the typical uplifting morals of being accepting of others and of who you are, but while it tells the audience being different is okay, it ends up being not that different from the rest of the animated field.

Grade: B-

Rated: PG (for some rude humor and mild action/violence)

Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters on November 2, 2012. Note: We advise showing up early to catch the wonderful short Paperman before the feature.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?

The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

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The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

A girl who has “Chutzpah”. Guts and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man… never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms. Karen Gillan.

And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Rock goes on to promise that “this isn’t a remake or a reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love.”

Filming begins next month in Hawaii and is slated to hit theaters next year.

Gillan is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and, as The Rock notes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The Jumanji “continuation” has been met with lots of skepticism since the original was led by the late Robin Williams. It just seems like an unnecessary, unoriginal idea.