Talledega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Film Review

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Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is the top NASCAR driver, rising to fame with the assistance of his wingman, Cal Naughton Jnr (John C Reilly). But then, after his first, fairly uneventful accident, he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and cannot drive. His wife leaves him for his best friend, and it is only the assistance of his absent father, Reese Bobby (Gary Cole) that he can get back on track.

This is one of those dumb Will Ferrell/John C Reilly films. Heaps of people love these films. Not me. I found it such a yawn fest. The characters are so ridiculous that there is no empathy for them. Possibly, they would make good characters for a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch, but a whole film? Whatever.

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Film Review

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Thank goodness that some kids films are awesome. I love taking my nephews to see films, and a lot of them are tolerable; some are appalling (but I pretend to like them) and then there are the golden few that I really love. Like Wreck It Ralph.

Wreck It Ralph (John C Riley) is the bad guy in an eighties –style computer game in an arcade somewhere in the US. When the arcade closes at night, the various characters can go hang out in bars, or visit each others’ games, or even attend self-help groups. Ralph is unhappy because he is the villain of his game, and even when the game is shut down, the other characters snub him. He is told that when he gains a medal, he will be able to join their party, so he sneaks into a war game and scores himself a medal. However, he accidentally ends up in the world of Sugar Rush, a super-sweet car racing game, and ends up pairing up with Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) to get his medal back and save the day.

Whether it is the references to the games I loved as a child or the sassy dialogue, this film just got me. It was funny when it needed to be, a bit sentimental, but generally fun and got me laughing as much as my nephews.

Wreck It Ralph was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animation and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.