December 8, 2012
Directed by Rich Moore
Starring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer,
Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O'Neil, and Dennis Haysbert.
Not gonna lie...the trailers for Wreck-It Ralph weren't really grabbing
me. I had the same problem with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
I never had a Nintendo or an S-NES when I was a kid, so I
don't get all misty-eyed for The Legend of Zelda or Street Fighter II
like some do. I'm just not a gamer, and the trailer made it
look like Wreck-It Ralph was just Video Game Nostalgia: The Movie.
But, it's been out for about a month now, I've been reading
lots of good reviews online, so I figured I'd give it a chance.
Reall, how bad could it be?
Once upon a time, in a little old video arcade, all the game sprites
come to life after hours and get to hang out with each other.
We're introduced to Wreck-It Ralph, the villain of a game
called Fix-It Felix Jr., and Ralph is tired of being the bad guy.
After a disastrous attempt to hang out with the other
characters in his game, Ralph begins travelling from video game to
video game in an attempt to prove himself a good guy. His
journey eventually lands himself in Sugar Rush, a racing game where he
meets Vanellope von Schweez, a character who's not allowed to race
because she's a glitch. Meanwhile, Ralph's absence could
cause Fix-It Felix Jr. to become unplugged, meaning doom for all the
residents of the game. So Felix goes on his own quest to find
Ralph and bring him home, and to do this, he teams up with the hardend
soldier Sergeant Calhoun. With Ralph help Vanellope win the
big race? Will Felix find Ralph in time? Or will it
be doom for the entire arcade?
What I Liked
There is some great character work in this movie. I really
felt for these characters. And any time a film can get my
heart beating a little faster, I like it. The video game
cameos are cute, too. There was lots of love and attention to
recreating a classic arcade experience. I was afraid they'd
be overpowering, but they are rather limited. There's some
great friendships that are formed, an unexpected romance, and it's all
placement ahoy! Forget the video game characters.
The Sugar Rush sequences take place in a candyland, and it's
overpowered with name-brand candies. And, when all is said
and done, the plot is somewhat formulaic.
I was pleasantly surprised with this film. A very good movie,
and I'm glad I took a chance on it.
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