Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph is no wreck!

November 5th, 2012 at 11:16 am by under THRS Movie Reviews

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Wreck-It Ralph movie poster

Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the “bad guy” villain of his video game. He is always being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) who is the “good guy” star of their game. Felix always saves the day with his golden fix it hammer. Ralph gets cheers; Ralph get thrown off the roof.

After decades trapped in the same win /lose situation, and watching old Felix get all the glory, Ralph decides he’s tired of being the bad guy. And not even a bad guys support group can change that.

Soon Ralph hops a train for Game Central Station — the portal between all the games in the arcade. He seems to make his way through all of the generations of video games there have been — in an effort to prove to his gaming world that he has what it takes to be a hero like Felix.

Along the way Ralph confronts Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the action shooting game called Hero’s Duty, but manages to do the unimaginable – accidentally become a hero!

He then hops to the racing game ala Candyland called Sugar Rush where he meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).  Ralph makes a big mistake that threatens the existence of the whole arcade.

Wreck-It Ralph is a fun trip down memory lane for parents– those of us old enough to have had our hands on the joysticks of the first video games… Back when graphics were terrible and Qbert and Frogger and Pitfall were some of the favorites…but it’s also a fun movie for kids who have no idea who some of the characters are and are suffice to watch some great animation and character development.

It’s no Toy Story, but it is a heartfelt stab at storytelling set in a very appealing world. Some fun tongue-in-cheek dialogue helps propel the story along even when it reaches a stretch that’s a little boring for parents.

As for the voice over acting — Riley and Silverman are fantastic.  Silverman is my favorite, though, her voice and characterization of Vanellope are just perfect.  Lynch is spot on as well.

Kudos to Walt Disney Animation Studios and director Rich Moore along with writers Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee. Animated movies in general lately havent quite been up to par (excepting Frankenweenie) but now along comes Wreck-It Ralph to show us that bad guys don’t have to be bad and neither do animated movies.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE COOKIES

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.

 

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