Wreck-It Ralph

Summary:

Wreck-It Ralph is a colorful and lively movie with a solid cast of characters. The voice talent from John C. Reily and Sarah K. Silverman help create characters with irresistible charm and interesting personalities. The movie does a wonderful job of keeping the spirit and history of gaming alive and it’s easy to see the passion behind the film. The plenty of video game Easter eggs are exciting to point out and never become overbearing. The animation is gorgeous and the movie goes out of its way to make sure that each of the four video game worlds created operate and stay true to its theme. Predictable plot progression give the film a too familiar feel, but its clever script and emotional journey helps Wreck-it Ralph to not only be the best video game movie ever made, but an incredible standalone film.

If you’re reading this then it means I had to take a dip into my emergency review reserve but that’s okay because I’ve wanted to do this review for quite a while. Wreck-It Ralph originally came out back in November last year but I never got the chance to sit down and write a proper review.  Video Games have been a consistent presence in my life from a very young age, so the draw to Wreck-It Ralph was instantaneous. Wreck-It Ralph not only captures the spirit and history of gaming but it crafts a loving and interesting world of its own.

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Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of a video game antagonist, Ralph, who is fed up with being the bad guy in Fix-It Felix Jr. The other members in his game constantly mistreat him and have forced him to live in a near by dump while they live together happily in their nice apartment. When the other members of the group throw a 30th anniversary party without inviting Ralph, he vows to prove to his worth to the game and change the outlook of his peers.

There’s a great amount of detail put into the world of Wreck-It Ralph and it’s hard not to wipe the smile from your face even when things get a little corny. The movie does a wonderful job of inserting a lot of video game references without ever becoming overbearing. The lengths at which they go to keep the spirit of gaming ever present is amazing and truly pays off with the numerous of Easter eggs scattered throughout the movie. Despite the massive amount of video game properties that they were able to represent, Wreck-It Ralph creates five of its own unique and lively worlds to set the movie in.

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Fix-It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty, and Game Central Station comprise most of the settings in the movie, all of which have rules and styles of their own. The style and feel of Fix-It Felix Jr. is a wonderful homage to the 1981 classic Donkey Kong. Much like it’s 8-bit inspiration, the characters within the world all move on limited plane and if you pay close enough attention you can catch the fact that a lot of the world is comprised of sharp square edges. Cake splatters, brick dust, and mud smears are represented by square pixels and it helps round off the 8-bit feel. Sugar Rush is a sickeningly sweet homage to racing series akin to Mario Kart and a lot of the animations are a nice throwback to early cartoons. The over exaggerated gestures and motions are comical and fluid. Hero’s Duty is a darker more ‘realistic’ representation of the world and its inspiration draws from modern day first person shooters. The gritty nature and fabricated epic-ness of Hero’s Duty offers plenty of avenues for gentle and humorous jabs at modern day gaming.Finally Game Central Station is the busiest of the worlds and helps bridge the gap between the video game worlds. THe population is massive and it’s not hard to point out the various different characters from both games and previous Disney works.

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The strongest aspect of Wreck-It Ralph is hands down the wonderful cast of characters and the impressive voice work behind them. Ralph’s identity journey is a fulfilling story that takes us on an emotional adventure. John C. Reily brings a gentle giant cadence to Ralph and easily sells his role as the reluctant antagonist turned protagonist.  Ralph’s counterpart, Vanellope von Schweetz, just might be one of the cutest characters ever created. Sarah K. Silverman, most notable for her against the grain humor, brings an adorably cute voice and charming personality to Vanellope that creates an irresistible charm. Her rambunctious spirit and confidence in who she is really helps to bring out the good in Ralph. The comrade between Ralph and Vanellope is an extremely strong connection that provides plenty of laughs and tear jerking moments throughout the film. Rounding off the cast is Jack McBrayer who voices the amicable Felix, Jane Lynch as the rough soldier Calhoun, and Alan Tudyk as the lively King Candy. The solid voice work and loveable characters help fill out and create the wonderful world of Wreck-It Ralph that is accessible to both gamers and non-gamers alike.

Wreck-It Ralph isn’t a perfect movie. The story follows a very predictable progression and characters develop in a deus ex machina fashion. There are a few moments in the film that border the line between blatant product placement and clever jokes but luckily these are mild. The thing that takes me the most out of the film is the inclusion of Scrillex djing a party. Music tastes aside, the quick shot of Scrillex on a turntable takes me out of the film and question why the heck a live person is within the game world. It’s very reminiscent of the scene in Tron Legacy where the film cuts and focuses on a shot of Daft Punk. It’s a nice shout out but ultimately breaks the illusion.

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Drawbacks aside, the film still manages to create a wonderful experience. The colorful worlds are gorgeous to look at and the animation is top notch. The fact that each world gets its own stylistic rules is an admirable effort and it really adds to the over all quality of the film. There’s a lot of life and dedication in this movie that it’s easy to get lost in its colorful world. The movie’s script is tightly written and features a clever sense of wordplay and dialogue. Video games haven’t been the easiest source material for Hollywood to adapt and as a big fan of gaming it’s always been slightly disappointing that these games have never gotten the big screen treatment. Although it’s not a straight adaptation of a video game, Wreck-It Ralph is easily one of the best video games ever made.

Wreck-It Ralph is a colorful and lively movie with a solid cast of characters. The voice talent from John C. Reily and Sarah K. Silverman help create characters with irresistible charm and interesting personalities. The movie does a wonderful job of keeping the spirit and history of gaming alive and it’s easy to see the passion behind the film. The plenty of video game Easter eggs are exciting to point out and never become overbearing. The animation is gorgeous and the movie goes out of its way to make sure that each of the four video game worlds created operate and stay true to its theme. Predictable plot progression give the film a too familiar feel, but its clever script and emotional journey helps Wreck-it Ralph to not only be the best video game movie ever made, but an incredible standalone film.

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