I'll post a description of each movie from IMDb and then post my thoughts behind a cut, so easier to not read spoilers! :3
I ramble the most about Wreck-It Ralph only because I can think of a few ways to make it better.
Seven Psychopaths: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
If you know me, I like weird movies. Weird being creative editing, non-linear story lines, and just unconventional. This movie definitely fits that in some way as well as dark humor that appeals to my taste. The characters were interesting to me and the ending is fantastic!
My favorite story would be around the gangster who's beloved Shih Tzu was stolen. Just an interesting weird character to me who is driven by his own desires and motives. I absolutely love that type in a villain/criminal.
The Amish Psychopath? Fucking awesome.
The Buddhist Psychopath? I cried. Yes. This movie made me cry.
This is definitely a must own movie for me. Not a movie for everyone and not a "must see" on the big screen. . .though I am really glad I saw it in the theatre as this is a favorite for me.
Cloud Atlas: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
This movie is almost 3 hours long. It feels long. Even so, it is a beautiful and amazing movie that makes good use of that time. I really don't know what more to say about it.
You follow several stories and they are all stand alone even though there were common themes in them. Seeing the makeup changes on some of the actors and actresses was amazing and fun! did notice some continuity errors in the movie, but I am willing to overlook that for the fantastic story telling.
My favorite story was the friendship between the Lawyer and the Slave.
Wreck-It Ralph: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Honestly, my least favorite of the three. STILL A GOOD MOVIE! But not a great movie.
While the world itself was unique and it was fun seeing a movie taking place in an arcade involving arcade characters, the story itself was nothing new. It is unoriginal and has been seen before in my opinion.
While some people say, "There are no more original ideas" I think it wouldn't have been hard at all to turn this story into something with more of a sparkle and fresh twist to it.
Spoilers ahead! Characters talk about "going Turbo" and eventually you learn that that is coined from a character NAMED Turbo who went rogue and took over another game in the arcade. In the end, both games are unplugged and removed from the arcade for being "broken beyond repair." It is a fear of the characters that another person will "go Turbo" and two more arcade games will go offline.
That alone really set a very harsh reality that these video game characters can DIE and never return even in their own game. It was talked about that yes, if you die in a game other than your own . . .you will never respawn again. So this story of Turbo added a serious and interesting element to the story while not taking away the fact that this movie is something for people of ALL ages.
Only, SURPRISE! (Or not really "surprise") Turbo turns out to be living in the Sugar Rush racing game and disguised himself as the mayor. Turns out Turbo is the ultimate bad guy that we must take on once and for all.
That was disappointing to me.
Vanellope had an interesting story, but I think it could have been better as well. She is believed to be a glitch in the game and at one point the Mayor explains the reason why she can't race. If she wins and becomes a playable character, her being a glitch will be known by the players. It runs a risk of the game being unplugged and removed from the arcade. While characters CAN escape before the plug is pulled (and therefore not die), a glitch can't leave. Ever. So Vanellope will die no matter what. Kind of like Turbo.
Wow! Interesting twist!
Only. . .she's not really a glitch and instead is an actual character in the game. Just like the Mayor is not really the Mayor. The Mayor lied because he is actually Turbo and doesn't want people to find out that Vanellope is a character, because if that happens then people will discover the truth about the Mayor.
So, she isn't really a glitch. Except, she can't leave because she is? When everything is back to normal, she still glitches even though everything was repaired and we were told she wouldn't glitch anymore? Wait. What?
I just, come on.
I think the story would have been a whole lot better and more fresh if the Mayor was truly the Mayor of Sugar Rush and was concerned about Vanellope like a father would be.
In the end of the movie it is explained that Vanellope learns to control her glitching and it is now seen as a "extra ability" that players loved. THAT COULD HAVE REMAINED.
Ralph could have still left. Instead of Ralph seeing that Vanellope exists on the outside of the arcade console and therefore not a glitch, he could have come to the realization that heroes come in all shapes and forms. That heroes are heroes for all different reasons. While in the penthouse alone, finally achieving "what he wanted," he could have looked at the homemade medal and realize that there was one awesome little girl who believed in him and looked up to him. He could have realized how great it would be to help her achieve her dream and that THAT'S how heroes are made. That relationships are better than metals.
Vanellope could have crossed the finish line and achieve her dream. There could be the fear of "what if. . ." this really ends the game. Resolved when they see how players really can and will fall in love with a glitch or a "flawed" person. THAT IT IS OKAY TO TAKE RISKS FOR YOUR DREAMS!
The characters who were mean to Vanellope could then soon accept her. They could have been mean because they were scared of her, but then learn that she is no different from them and that they were wrong about her. They embrace her and her differences. HOW COOL WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN?!
Several good messages for people of all ages. That sometimes we need to take risks for our dreams. That we need to be more accepting of other people and their differences. That heroes can come in any shape or size and for any number of reasons! Wow.
The movie as it is, still has an element that heroes cane come from anywhere and be anyone. That even being a hero to one person is a big deal. . .so that's why I say the movie is still a good and enjoyable movie.
But I do think it could have been even better.