ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Wreck-It Ralph ★★★
PREMIERE 4.30-6.05pm BBC1
This beautifully designed and cleverly conceived computer- animated fantasy from Disney harks back to the Space Invaders/Pac-Man heyday of crude 1980s arcade games, hence a nostalgic appeal for ex-gamer grown-ups (or gamers who never grew up). However, the moralistic story and wacky, bendy style are squarely aimed at kids, who I’m told love the film. It’s directed by Simpsons/Futurama alumnus Rich Moore and features John C Reilly as the voice of the titular antagonist (from the fictional 30-year-old arcade game Fix-It Felix) who craves affirmation for what he does. After the arcade closes, the characters come to life at night and interact; Ralph Ð first seen in a brilliantly staged villain support group Ð enters a shooting game in order to win a medal and the crazy, inter-game plot spirals from there. Hip comedy voice casting (Sarah Silverman, Mindy Kaling, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer) will mean little to the casual viewer, so just strap in for an imaginative, fast-paced and gloriously daft ride.
The Sound of Music ★★★★★
The timeless musical starring Julie Andrews that must top a record number of guilty pleasure lists.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel… let down your hair.” Mandy Moore lends her voice to the princess with the impressive tresses in Disney’s sparkling take on the fairy tale.
A Good Day to Die Hard ★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.00pm C4
Bruce Willis is still taking the flak as New York cop John McClane, going up against the Russian mob this time. More fireworks than New Year’s Eve.
Pulp Fiction ★★★★★
Quentin Tarantino’s influential crime pic will make you crave a cheeseburger, but there’s much else to savour, including John Travolta’s supersize comeback.
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