‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ Movie Review – Adorably Sweet
He’s the villain in the arcade game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” where he wrecks a building hosting lots of inhabitants. But you see Ralph is tired of living in Felix Jr.’s shadow and being treated as a bad guy on and off the game by his “co-worker” and decides to go on a quest to prove that he too could be the hero for once.
Disney’s latest animated film, Wreck-It-Ralph, which stars John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, takes a look at what happens to arcade games and their characters after hours. Think Toy Story with arcade games. So it turns out characters are not stuck in their games, in fact there is a Game Central Station hub where they can go and hop to other games if they want, but I’ll let you discover all that for yourself when you see the movie.
What you should know for now is that on his quest, Ralph will encounter a tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch), a character out of the first-person action game “Hero’s Duty” and misfit Vanellope (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who will lead him on a great adventure. (Warning: Do not see this with on an empty stomach because those Sugar Rush treats will make you crave for some sweets… come to think of it, you’ll probably be craving these sweets regardless, that’s how yummy the game looks.)
So how is Wreck-It-Ralph? Well, since it’s a Disney movie, chances are you expect it to be good, but I’m here to confirm that it’s really fantastic. The execution of the concept itself is incredibly witty and perfectly done. I can’t say that I was a big arcade player or video game player as a kid, but even I could appreciate most of the references. So fans of arcade game-playing might enjoy this even more than I did.
But that’s just the framework for the film. Then we get to the core of the story, which of course has a lot of heart and a positive message. I even enjoyed the fact that the ending was not totally typical Disney cliched ending. There were some twist that I didn’t see coming and so many funny moments that are sure to please kids and grown-ups alike.
If you’re looking for a sweet, fun and exciting movie to see this weekend and bonus, to which you can bring the kids (or not), Wreck-It-Ralph is it. I don’t always come out of movies thinking I’d want to see them again, but with Wreck-It-Ralph not only was it enjoyable but it had so many references that by the end I wanted to watch it all over to see if I could catch some more of the easter eggs planted in there.
Bonus: Before watching Wreck-It-Ralph, you will be treated to a beautiful short animated film called Paperman. All I can say is have your tissues ready, it’s adorably sweet.
Wreck-It-Ralph is in theaters today, November 2nd. And if you want to know more about the behind-the-scenes for both films, make sure to check out my previous 6 Fun Facts article here. Finally, you can also watch the trailer for the movie here.