Super-sweet story with a ga-trillion one-liners!
Have you ever wondered what goes on at an arcade after it closes? Well then this is the movie for you. Even if that thought never crossed your mind, this is still a great movie for all to see.
Wreck-It Ralph is about a bad guy wanting to be good. It begins at a Bad-Anon meeting . . . for bad guys. Along with “One Game at a Time,” their motto is “I am bad and that’s good, I will never be good and that’s not bad, there’s no one I’d rather be than me.” And Ralph drops a shocker at the meeting when he confesses he is sick of being the bad guy. The rest of the bad guys (watch for the many familiar faces) remind him that “Being the bad guy does not mean you are a bad guy.”
In his game Fix It Felix Jr., Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the bad guy who wrecks the building and Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) comes in and fixes everything back to normal. At the end of each digital day, Felix gets a medal for being the hero and is loved by all. But after 30 years of wrecking things, Ralph is done with being a bad guy. All Ralph wants is to be liked by the rest of the gang. He decides to find himself a medal so he can be seen as a hero too.
In his quest, Ralph goes behind the scenes and travels to other games through the Game Central Station. This is where all the video game characters go to mingle when the arcade is closed. Characters travel to the station through their game’s power cords that connect to the main surge protector. Ralph manages to sneak into the first-person action game called Hero’s Duty. Here he meets Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) and the Cy Bugs, which are insects gone horribly wrong.
After Hero’s Duty, he travels to Sugar Rush, a candy filled cart-racing game. The game is full of every type of candy you can imagine . . . and probably more. This is where Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman). She is the outcast of all the characters in the game. All she wants is to become a racer, but the others won’t let her, because there is something a little off with her. Ralph is annoyed by Vanellope, because she is always there in his way preventing him from completing his mission. Ultimately, they wind up helping each other try and reach their goals. They start to become friends and like every good friendship, they learn to lean on one another while still picking on each other. Their adventure throughout the story is fun and charming.
Can Wreck-It Ralph become a real hero and save the day for many of the game systems in the arcade or will he always be a bad guy? Check out the movie to find out.
This is a great movie for kids and adults. There are video game characters from so many different games and decades, that there will be at least one familiar face for everyone to spot. The animation is unique for each game in the movie. The older games look like they would in a real arcade. All of the actors did a wonderful job in voicing their characters. Keep an eye and ear out for the Oreos, their part is small, but funny.
To quote a friend’s summing up of the movie, it is like Toy Story for arcade game characters.
[Swift Note - to all our local fans, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is currently exhibiting The Art of Video Games from now until January, at Mizner. From what I have seen so far, it perfectly complements Wreck-It Ralph and is a must for any fan of video game history. Highly recommend checking out their Facebook Page here too . . . no quarters needed! Be sure and tell Sage hello from Rick Swift! - Also, my take on this film is simple, as I told the Palm Beach Post . . . if your kid doesn't like this movie, get another kid!]