Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Wreck-It Ralph" Review

Why wasn't the video game for this more of a big deal?
    I think every single video game fan in the world was nervous about this one. A movie based in a world of video games with real famous video game characters helping to populate the film world? With trailers that looked really freaking good? If this movie had been bad, just imagine how disappointed literally everyone would have been. But, thankfully Wreck-It Ralph is, in fact, very good.
    Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reily) has played the villain for that last 30 year respect given to him, while the game's hero Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) get all the glory and medals. That is, until Ralph decides enough is enough and leaves to go earn himself a medal in Hero's Duty, a Halo-style FPS. There, he meet Sargent Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and accidentally releases a monstrous enemy into the harmless Mario Kart-style game Sugar Rush. There, Ralph teams up with glitch Venelope (Sarah Silverman) and uncovers a deep conspiracy that he must deal with while also facing off with multiple monstrous enemies and the potential for getting his game unplugged permanately.
If you haven't seen this picture yet,
what's it like living under a rock?
    Now, it seems like it would be easy to shrug off Wreck-It Ralph as a "video game movie only for vidoe gamers", but that is a complete mistake. The movie does have some great nods to classic video games like Pac-Man, Sonic and Metal Gear, but it doesn't lose itself in the game references, knowing that they aren't the most important of the movie.
    No, the filmmakers has given us honestly good characters  to care about inside a great world with a great story unfolding. The actors are all great and the characters are one you will gladly see through more adventures like this one. The world, which you shouldn't think too hard about, is somewhere I'd love to live if I could. But then again, who wouldn't want to live next door to Q-Bert.
    Wreck-It Ralph also boast one of the better stories I've seen in a children's movie since ParaNorman. The movie travels to all the interesting worlds in a nice pace, though the beginning is a little slow. The humor is fast and clever and is used well inbetween interesting (Albeit a little clunky) bits of world-building. Plus, the film also feature an honestly surprising third-act twist that adds some more to an already smart and funny movie.
That looks awesome and pants-wettingly
scary at the same time!
    You can stop worrying now. Wreck-It Ralph is a smart and often hilarious movie with great characters and a story that will actually surprsie you. The world the film creates is one you'll want to visit again and again, even if a slow beginning and some rocky exposition keep it from a perfect score. Wreck-It Ralph gets 5 and a half stars out of 6.

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