Wreck-It-Ralph

8 Nov

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Wreck-it-Ralph, Which comes from Disney’s 3D animation studio, is a hilarious comedy about a bad guy who wants to be good.

The movie stars John C. Reilly as Wreck it Ralph, the villain of a classic arcade game called Fix it up Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) in which Felix character attempts to fix the damage Ralph wreaks causing him to get him thrown off the building.

But after thirty years of being thrown off of a building without so much as a thank you from his co-stars, Ralph has begun feeling unappreciated. This is made especially clear to him when he realizes he hasn’t even been invited to the 30th anniversary party celebrating the release of the game he stars in.

Ralph decides to set out and become the hero of a different game in order to prove to everyone that he can be more than just a destructive bad guy. He ends up game jumping into a Gears of War type game called Hero’s Duty where Ralph inadvertently causes a huge mess and must fix it for himself.

The plot of the movie is engaging for just about every audience member and creates an interesting world that should be looked at by video game fans and casual movie goers alike. The characters live in an electronic world fully aware of them being 1’s and 0’s and who live in their cabinets which are all connected by a power strip in an arcade. Engaging as it is it does suffer from a few clichés from time to time.

Still, the story is never boring and features a good twist or two. The various plots mesh together perfectly, resulting in an exciting climax. From the hero to the campy antagonist, the characters are memorable and original, and owe in no small part to the excellent cast of comedians including Sarah Silverman, and Jayne Lynch, doing the voice work, and it’s only heightened by the well-paced animation.

The real reason this movie will become an instant classic, however, is its nostalgia factor: It features cameos from well-known video game icons such as Pac-Man, Q-Bert, Street fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many others.

The movie has been compared to other movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Toy Story for these inclusions. And rightly so because not only does the movie include these characters it also treats them with the tender love and care that would parallel their original owners, but the movie doesn’t need to rely on these cameos for support and that is what makes Wreck it Ralph an admirable film experience.

Wreck it Ralph won’t win any Oscars but with it’s amazing animation, fun characters, and a love for the games it houses it definitely deserves a watch.

 

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One Response to “Wreck-It-Ralph”

  1. CMrok93 November 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM #

    Good review. This flick is a whole lot of fun and even if it is mostly based on nostalgia, well then it’s still good nostalgia none the less.

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