Review #21 Wreck-it Ralph

Directed by- Rich Moore

Starring- John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman

I had high expectations for this movie. It did not disappoint. It was BRILLIANT!

Wreck-it Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the villain in the arcade game Fix-it Felix Jr. However, he becomes sick and tired of being treated as the outsider, so decides to game-hop (also known as turbo in the film). This causes all manner of problems, as a game can’t function without its villain, and he disturbs all the other arcade games too, but not before making a few friends along the way.

I liked it because it was funny, and with jokes designed for both adults ands kids. I’ve banged on in previous posts about how I’m an over-grown child and love kiddie movies. The characters were lovable, especially Ralph. The meetings of ‘baddies anon’ were my favourite scenes, in which Bowser and the ghost from Pac-man also attend. And Dr. Eggman (Robotnik) from Sonic. They have a saying, ‘I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be then me.’

Ralph is instantly likeable, if he weren’t, this movie would not succeed one bit. There’s plenty of references for adults, and those with a fairly broad movie knowledge (some oreos chanting which sounds like the Wicked Witch’s guards in Wizard of Oz, some 90s video games characters). It’s an enchanting idea, similar to Toy Story- children’s toys or ‘play-things’ coming to life. I’ve always thought this rather quirky idea makes kids’ movies appeal more to adults, the toys have stepped outside their comfort zone of simply being toys and are now there for the amusement of everyone (maybe because us adults don’t have the imagination anymore).

I’d say the first half hour/45 minutes are the best, fun-filled and packed with those references we all love. Once Ralph reaches Sugar Rush, where he meets our female protagonist Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), it all gets a bit slow. He then stays in Sugar Rush for pretty much the remainder of the movie, and after the initial introduction to the (literally) sweet land, it gets a tad tiresome.

Hats off to all the voices but in particular, to Alan Tudyk for King Candy. He resembles the Mad Hatter and sounds like Roger Rabbit, and that combination of factors is enough to make anyone suspicious of him from the start.

Laugh out loud funny, appeals to all ages, makes me feel like a kid again, well done Disney Pixar, you’ve done it again. I can’t wait for the sequel. Four and a half stars.

P.S. Make sure you catch the short ‘Paperman’ before the movie- a lovely, heart-wrenching short film.