From the time I first saw this preview in the theaters, I knew this would be a movie I would love.
Wreck-It Ralph is a very funny film about an arcade game “bad guy” (John C. Reilly) who’s tired of being overshadowed by “good guy” Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) and goes game jumping while the arcade is closed in an attempt to reinvent himself. Felix heads out to drag the oversize Ralph back to their own game, and the pair travels through a time warp of arcade games from the past 30 years that’s absolutely hilarious and will cause you to never look at an electrical outlet or surge protector in the same way again. Ralph first lands in the action game “Hero’s Duty,” where he gets to live his dream and fight the bad guys–he even gets his hands on a hero’s medal. Ralph’s next stop in “Sugar Rush” yields some unexpected pitfalls that include quicksand that consists of a familiar chocolaty drink mix and a glitch called Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) who has the potential to change everything–both in her game and in Ralph’s future. Little does Ralph know that he’s unwittingly carried and released a cybug from the world of Hero’s Duty into the Sugar Rush landscape, where it will soon multiply and threaten to take down every game in the arcade. Luckily Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), with the newly besotted Felix close at hand, is in pursuit with a plan to eradicate the pesky bugs. What makes this film so hilarious is the avalanche of subtle, and not-so-subtle references to past arcade games (think Pac-Man and Q*bert) and the clever comic exaggeration of everything from teaching someone to drive a stick shift to creating a volcanic eruption with Mentos and diet cola. The animation is great, the humor abundant, and the lessons that everybody’s got a job to do and it’s important to love yourself aren’t bad either.
I found this movie to die for funny and original. The bad guy in a classic video game, Ralph is tired of others looking down on him and not including him in festivities. Ralph decides to jump ship (or rather in this situation – game) to win a medal and prove his worth. Watch him go through game after game where he just doesn’t below and encounters many other fun game characters and personalities!
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