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Chaos In A Box
Wreck-It Ralph
Movie Review
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.  


Backstory
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?

Plot
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 rather pleasing.           

What I Didn't Like
Product 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.         

Final Assessment
I was pleasantly surprised with this film.  A very good movie, and I'm glad I took a chance on it.            

3 Nibs



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Mark Sladen Cappis, 2012