Wreck-It Ralph Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Wreck-It Ralph by Henry Jackman.
“Henry Jackman had a blast creating this score and it shows.”
Wreck-It Ralph is Disney’s latest animation about 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. It’s directed by Rich Moore and starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBayer and Sarah Silverman. The score is composed by Henry Jackman.
|7. Wreck-It Ralph||100|
|8. Life In The Arcade||100|
|9. Jumping Ship||80|
|10. Rocket Fiasco||100|
|11. Vanellope Von Schweets||60|
|12. Royal Raceway||100|
|13. Cupcake Breakout||80|
|14. Candy Vandals||60|
|15. Turbo Flashback||80|
|16. Laffy Taffies||80|
|17. One Minute To Win It||100|
|18. Vanellope’s Hideout||60|
|19. Messing With The Program||80|
|20. King Candy||60|
|22. Out Of The Penthouse, Off To The Race||80|
|23. Sugar Rush Showdown||100|
|24. You’re My Hero||100|
|25. Arcade Finale||100|
What a brilliant concept Wreck-It Ralph is. I love retro gaming so this film is exactly what the doctor ordered. What kind of a score should such a score have? I expect some 8-bit sounds at least and some catchy themes and perhaps a bit of fun electronic experimentation. The 8-bit sounds are well and truly delivered in the brilliant cue ‘Life In The Arcade’. I never thought I would hear Henry Jackman compose an 8-bit arcade chiptune, but he did and he did it brilliantly. I love it! And how about the uber-catchy main theme ‘Wreck-It Ralph’? It is perfect for that character, even if it’s a way updated version of what could have been an amazing 8-bit chiptune.
It’s not all good though. There are some boring stuff here as well with tried and tested comedy routines such as ‘Vanellope Von Schweets’ that sounds so cliche it’s not even funny. Some good sequences in it though, but overall not good enough. Cues like ‘Sugar Rush Showdown’ is well worth it the end. You get a mix of modern, retro and something in between. Such a fun cue.
My conclusion is that Henry Jackman had a blast creating this score and it shows. Sure there are some minor flaws, but the overall craziness of the cues and the awesome 8-bit soundbites are well worth your time and purchase.
GEEK SCORE: 83.1