Wreck-It Ralph – 5 out of 5
|Well...did you press it? Obey the screen and press start!|
When I first saw the trailer to this movie—what? Really? I have to show you the trailer? Are you not capable of going to YouTube? Fine. I’ll go to YouTube for you and embed it here in my blog.
There you happy? Anyway, when I saw this trailer and since I’ve been a gamer since I was a little boy playing my Atari I knew I had to see this film. So I hit the theater and LOVED it! So, it was no surprise that when it came out on Blu-Ray that I would actually spend the money to own it and not just borrow it from Netflix.
|"I'm gonna wreck it!" Something I say to the toilet every morning when I wake up.|
Wreck-It Ralph takes place in the video game world in a small arcade where Ralph (John C. Reilly), the villain in a little Rampage/Donkey Kong-style game called Fix-It Felix, Jr., is tired of being the bad guy and is jealous of his game’s hero; Felix (Jack McBrayer), always getting the credit and, more importantly, always getting the medal. Fed up, Ralph decides to jump into another game in the arcade, one called Hero’s Duty—a Halo-style shooter—that will allow him the opportunity to get a medal. After cheating his way to get the medal, Ralph accidentally unleashes a swarm of dangerous bugs in the game and is sent flying out of the game in an escape pod into a kart racer game; Sugar Rush. One of the bugs stowed away on the pod and it’s up to Hero Duty’s heroine; Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and Felix to find Ralph and stop the bugs and get him back to his own game or their cabinet will be removed from the arcade for being Out of Order.
|The movie captured white people dancing perfectly.|
Meanwhile in Sugar Rush, Ralph meets Vanellope (Sarah Silverman); a quirky little girl who is out to be apart of the big race in her game where, if victorious, could mean she will be an avatar for the players the next day. Ralph ends up helping Vanellope but it’s soon revealed by the head of the Sugar Rush game; the dastardly King Candy (Alan Tudyk), that Vanellope is a glitch and if she races she could ultimately bring doom to the game as her glitching will stop players from popping quarters into the game.
|They were going to include the E.T. Atari game but...well, you know.|
For a gamer, Wreck-It Ralph is about as epic as it gets—especially those who’ve played games their entire lives and have seen the industry advance to the mind-boggling era it is now in. There is no doubt in my mind that director/writer Rich Moore (who also directed numerous Futurama and The Simpsons episodes) and writer Phil Johnston are huge video game fans because the movie includes numerous cameos from video game characters (including the voice actors of the game icons) and gamer-laced gags litter in literally every second of the film. There’s even a freaking kill screen at the end of the credits.
|If you don't know what a kill screen is I don't want to know you.|
|Zangief's manly chest hair received the most honor and |
|It could be hidden in there somewhere.|
|"Alright...I'm going to sneak up behind him, roll him|
up in a carpet and throw him off a bridge!"
|But it's still a lovefest for video games. Check out the graffiti; there's some great|
gamer references there.
|Even Skrillex makes a cameo!|
|Clyde and M. Bison...together the destruction they could unleashe would be|
John C. Reilly is already an established actor who proves that there’s nothing he can’t do. He can be in silly comedies with Will Ferrell but can also do dramatic roles in the likes of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Reilly really embodied Ralph and really brought him to life and made him a sympathetic character. Once again proving that Reilly can do EVERYTHING!
|For example, he can perform a Superman Punch that can knock out everyone in the|
UFC all at the same time.
Even more tremendous was Sarah Silverman as Vanellope. I enjoy Silverman as a comedian but as an actress…not so much. She’s always being typecast as the sarcastic, snarky and downright bitch of a best friend to the leading lady who comes off like she hates everyone around her and isn’t remotely happy unless she is constantly being underhanded with those around her. Needless to say, she’s never the most endearing of character actors. However, she really ventured out of the zone I’ve only seen her in for the role of the little glitch and really made Vanellope a sweet (but still a little sarcastic) character that made the story of Vanellope and Ralph’s friendship, the resulting drama that occurred from it and Vanellope’s glitching ways really emotional.
|Dammit, that's adorable.|
Then there’s also Jack McBrayer as Felix and his soft, wholesome and kind voice fit th character perfectly. Not to mention Jane Lynch (a proven funny lady if there ever was one) as the rough and tough bug killer from Hero’s Duty; Calhoun. Not only did Lynch’s performance perfectly match the character but I strangely found myself attracted to the character. Yeah…I’m strange but come on, look at her…she’s hot.
|Come on and look at her. Tell me she's not hot.|
|King Candy; seen here about to passionately make-out|
with a microphone.
|Eh gads! He's looking right at me!|