Wreck It Ralph (2012) Movie Review
Released : Nov. 2nd. 2012
Reviewed : Feb. 11th, 2013
Genre : Children’s / Comedy
Story (from IMDB) :
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Who would have guessed that with the help of Disney they would put out another awesome animated award winning movie.
Wreck It Ralph follows video game character Ralph who after 30 years of being in the arcade and playing the bad guy starts to realize that just for once he would like to have the feeling and satisfaction of being the hero. That leads him to leaving his game and going off into different arcade cabinets and joining their game in the hopes of being a hero if even for just a short amount of time. What this leads to is some very memorable scenes featuring loads of video game references with some iconic characters here and there. Even before Ralph decides to game jump the back story of the game he is in is great. It looks and sounds as if it would play like a classic game and just watching the characters in it feels 100% natural.
Even with some scenes being shown quite a lot in the previews like the roundtable discussion Ralph is in with other “bad guys” from games is still funny and with the help of some iconic characters just makes it one of the many memorable scenes. Some of the smaller things you’ll notice too like how over the time when they show the arcade cabinets changing just noticing what some of the games that they add just give it that extra kick to the die hard video game fans that are watching. The games that Ralph jumps into as well take a huge reference off modern games. He jumps into “Hero’s Duty” the popular light gun game at the arcade which is a mixture of Halo and Call Of Duty (the bugs reminded me of Earth Defense Force games as well but I don’t think they were going after that reference). Ralph also jumps into the racing game “Sugar Rush” which is brightly colored cart racer looking like a track straight out of Mario Kart.
Like every animated movie though this is filled with tons of jokes catering to both adults and children. The only bad thing I have to say about the jokes though was I think they did go overboard with all the “duty” jokes. Like all animated movies though the cast is one large push that really helps the movie. John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman have great chemistry together with their characters while Jane Lynch and Jack McBreyer are great as the back up cast. There is one line Jane Lynch has in particular that is shocking almost that it would be in a children’s movie until you think about how they worded it again. As usual for a Disney cartoon as well the visuals are great. The transitioning from a dark and gloomy look during the “Hero’s Duty” section to the bright, colorful, and overall happy look for the “Sugar Rush” section was great. Though the entire Sugar Rush section does take up over half the movie.
Overall even if you aren’t really a big video game fan there is enough here to make it a great movie. Even if the beginning is really geared to draw the video game fans in after it sets there isn’t much holding it back. After watching it you can really see why it was nominated and won so many awards.