Posted By Kathleen David on November 3, 2012
There may be spoilers in the comments. I am keeping my review spoiler free since there were some nice twists in this film.
Yesterday Caroline, Peter and I went to see Wreck It Ralph at our local theater. Peter had bought the tickets on Thursday so we knew we had seats, however when we walking into the actual screening room, we weren’t sure if we had seats together. Fortunately a nice family moved their coats and we had three seats together. The audience was full of children of all ages, which made for a fun group to see the movie with.
My short review is that this is a movie for anyone who spent any part of his or her misspent youth in a Video Arcade. It is sort of Toy Story for Video Gamers.
Ralph is the villain of a 16-bit arcade game called Fix-it Felix Jr. He destroys the building and Felix comes in behind him and fixes it. If the player gets Felix to the top of the apartment building avoiding the bricks and building parts raining down upon him, Felix gets a medal and Ralph gets tossed off the building by the residences into the mud below.
After 30 years of this, Ralph questions his place in the gaming world and decides to do something about it. It is the something that changes things for a number of characters in a number of games.
It was fun to see various games that I remember from over the years being used. Some of them are in the background. I want to go back and see things that I missed. There were very good uses of Pac-Man, Tapper, Street Fighter, and Q*bert.
The voice casting was solid over all. John C. Reilly was great as Ralph. Jane Lynch was funny as Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun who has “the most tragic backstory in gaming history”. Jack McBrayer was Fix-it Felix and was basically Kenneth as the video game character but it worked well. Sarah Silverman was wonderful as Vanellope from Sugar Rush which is an insane racing game with cute characters and enough sweetness to rot your teeth. Alan Tudyk is King Candy and his voice bothered me almost the entire film because I knew I knew that voice but I didn’t figure out who it was until I saw it in the credits. I should have known since he is such a good voice artist.
The story is good. I wasn’t quite sure where it was going about half way through but by the end they told a solid story and they didn’t cheat. All the pipework was laid before we got to the climax of the film.
Good movie for the children. There are some scary parts but no scarier than a video game. And all the characters we care about make it through their adventure.
So I do recommend it. I can’t say that 3-D will add a whole lot to it but there are some video sequences that would looking seriously kicking in 3-D.
I am grateful for films like this that can be seen by the whole family without concern for content.