Saturday, March 9, 2013

Movies In Review: Wreck-it Ralph

Movie Review: Wreck-it Ralph     
March 9, 2013
Starring the voice talents of John C. Reilly (Ralph), Jack McBrayer (Felix), Jane Lynch (Calhoun), and my favorite character Venellope voiced by Sarah Silverman. Pixar pounds out another smart, funny, and heartfelt hit. The movie cutes outside of the cookie-cutter rules of stereotypes and the timeless adage of Disney magic that dreams can come true.

Wreck-it Ralph begins with the history of Ralph’s video game, Fix-it Felix Jr. He plays the bad guy and is feeling left out since it is the game’s 30th anniversary and no-one acknowledges Ralph’s existence after the game is off, let alone for the anniversary party.  Soon, Ralph goes to a bad guy’s support group, which for me was fabulous seeing all of these gaming characters.  I grew up playing video games and it was fantastic seeing how Pixar and Disney brought this together.  I thought it was really clever how they were able to create this world where video games (after hours) are able to interact and travel to different games.
Ralph, in his desperation to be accepted, vows to win a medal. He game hops and finds himself in a first-shooter battle of epic proportions fighting cyborg bugs; the prize – a gold hero’s medal.  He soon takes it upon himself to win the medal for his own. Unfortunately, with his disproportions, Ralph’s clumsiness lands him face-to-face defenseless against a cyborg bug. Attempting to escape with his medal, accidentally leaving with the cyborg, and then they entered into the land of Sugar Crush.
Sugar Crush held more potential for sweetness then visually captured. Sarah Silverman produces a loveable Venellope who happens to be a glitch, and also has a lot in common with Ralph and they soon become allies. Venellope has a dream of racing in the Sugar Crush games.  The story escalates when we learn the true story as to why Venellope is supposedly not allowed to race.
This movie will be enjoyable for both young and old. There are so many quirky and smart puns in the movie that adults will appreciate them and kids will obviously fall in love with this movie; if not for the sweet Sugarland than for the awesome characters.  An interesting factoid: King Candy from Sugar Rush (voiced by Alan Tudyk) "voice and character design is modeled after Ed Wynn (Mary Poppins, 1964 - Uncle Albert and Alice in Wonderland, 1951 - Mad Hatter) a popular comedian and voice artist" ( an iconic Disney voice talent.
I love the opportunity it presents to teach our younger generations that we are all unique and just because someone is different is not reason to reject or mistreat anyone. I think it also will help kids to accept themselves, they may not be like everyone else and that’s awesome, because the differences between each person - makes us the irreplaceable person that each of us are. A must watch!
Until next time or the next… dream