Film Review: Wreck-it Ralph

| 26 December , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Rich Moore
Produced by: Clark Spencer
Written by:  Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon
Starring:  John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

Ralph is tired of his day job. The work is repetitive, his coworkers hate him, and at the end of each day they throw him off the roof of an eleven-story building.

Sound like a common problem? Well in Disney’s animated, Wreck-it Ralph, it sure is.

Ralph is a videogame character, and his game has been located inside an arcade for thirty years. When the humans leave and the lights are switched off, the various game characters come together at Game Central Station (a.k.a. a power strip).

Ralph (John C. Reilly) heads to a Bad Guys’ support group inside the Pac-Man game. With the help of a collective group of bad guys, they convince Ralph that he will never be good, but that’s not bad. Ralph however, isn’t satisfied. When he finds a way to change his fate, he ends up in Sugar Rush – an overly pink, sweet, girly racing game.

He meets Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), a sly little kid with candy stuck in her hair. She’s an outcast in the Sugar Rush game, and circumstance forces the unlikely pair together.

Ralph’s adventuring has dire consequences for his own game, sending his nemesis – good guy Fix-it-Felix Jr. to come bring him back. But Felix (Jack McBrayer) needs some back up, and with the help of a female solider named Calhoun (Jane Lynch), they follow Ralph into Sugar Rush.

It’s a clever movie that brings some of the favorite, and many forgotten arcade characters to the big screen – Bowser, Sonic, Q*bert, and Ryu, to name a few, many of whom catch up after a hard day at Tappers.

For gaming fans, these reference from the past are a riot – but if you’re not, the code Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start, probably doesn’t mean much to you, nor the jumbled phrase, ‘All your base are belong to us.’ But that’s not a worry, as this animated feature will amuse anyone.

The only negative is Sugar Rush is a bit too sweet, which is a shame as it’s a big part of the movie. That said, Wreck-it-Ralph is technically a movie for kids, so perhaps the sugar drops and lollipops aren’t overdone for them.

For an 8-bit blast from the past, grab your quarters and head to the theatres. Wreck-it Ralph in cinemas now!


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