Reactions from the Rublik: Wreck-It Ralph, The Paperboy, Skyfall

Reluctant to retire my popcorn addiction while in Syktyvkar, the capital city of the Komi Republic, I have instead decided to brave my local multiplex, кинотеатр Рублик, both in a bid to sate my appetite for film and to (hopefully) improve my grasp of the Russian language while I’m at it. Unable to keep my comments to myself, however, I have published my reactions here.

Obviously such reviews aren’t to be taken too seriously, as I am unable to comment fully on the actors’ performances or the film’s script, having likely only understood around 5% of the total dialogue. As such, you won’t find any star ratings here. Regardless, I was still be able to enjoy each of the releases I’ve seen so far — albeit in a solely visual manner — and therefore have something to say about each.

The latest release from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Wreck-It Ralph (Ральф) tells the story of a disillusioned video game villain (John C. Reilly) who — tired of losing out to arch-nemesis Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) — decides to try his luck elsewhere. With game-play effected by Ralph’s continued absence, however, Felix and his friends risk reprogramming when the repairman comes to reset the game.

It’s been a great year for animation, with Disney-Pixar facing stronger competition than ever from rival studios DreamWorks, Aardman and Laika. Here, they face opposition from within, as the House of Mouse delivers one of its strongest theatrical releases in recent years. Boasting crowd-pleasing cameos from gaming icons and bolstered by some very inventive 3D animation, Wreck-It Ralph is a delight from start to finish, even if it is still somewhat outdone by the short film that precedes it.

Provoking polarised reaction from critics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Paperboy (Газетчик) finds brothers Ward (Matthew McConaughey) and Jack Jansen (Zac Efron) attempting to exonerate a man on death row. Lead by Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), a beautiful woman who has fallen in love with the convict through a prolonged correspondence, the investigation falls into trouble when Jack decides he wants for her himself.

Adapted from Pete Dexter’s novel of the same name, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy is a wonderfully scuzzy affair that will likely do away with McConaughey and Efron’s heartthrob images for good, while drawing a star turn from Kidman that is as ugly as it is great. From its slow-burn, sweat-drenched beginnings to its surprisingly tense and twisted finale, this is a story that will defy just about every expectation you dare to develop.

After twenty-two months spent in the company of 007 for BlogalongaBond, I was never going to let a slight language barrier get in the way of my latest slice of spy. When a hard drive containing the names of undercover NATO agents is stolen from MI6, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is dispatched to bring it back before it can fall into the wrong hands. Despite being apparently killed in the ensuing struggle, he nevertheless returns from the grave to protect M (Judi Dench) from a cyber-terrorist who is out for revenge.

Wisely ditching the left-over narrative threads from Quantum of Solace, franchise newcomer Sam Mendes winds the story in for one of the most intimate and personal outings of the series. Exquisitely lensed by cinematographer Roger Deakins, Skyfall (Скайфолл) sees Craig’s Bond give up the gadgets, girls and gallivanting as he returns to his Scottish roots, taking Dench with him for her own safety. Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and next-big-thing Ben Whishaw round out one of the series’ strongest casts to date, while Thomas Newman deftly tackles the film’s score.

Should you wish, you can also read about my other, non-cinematic experiences of Russia here.


About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

8 Responses to Reactions from the Rublik: Wreck-It Ralph, The Paperboy, Skyfall

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  2. Nostra says:

    Looking forward to seeing Wreck-It Ralph as I’ve played videogames since I was very young. As for Skyfall, it’s an amazing movie.

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