Ever wonder what happens to video game characters when you turn off your system? When the arcade is shut down for the night? Well Disney’s latest feature, Wreck-It Ralph, fills you in on what happens. Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the title character of the movie, and he is the villain of a popular arcade game call Fix-It Felix Jr. However, after thirty years of being hated by everyone, and sleeping in the garbage, Ralph decides that it’s time to be the good guy. The film revolves around his journey to find a shiny medal that will make everyone love him. The journey is a beautiful, hilarious one filled with tons of video game references and funny candy puns that will make anyone who loved growing up with those things around them feel like a kid again.
The film is set in an arcade, where all the characters travel to a “video game central” when the power goes out for the night. This serves as a train station of sorts, with the game plugs serving as the train tracks to the various games. Ralph feels left out when he sees his counterpart, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), having a party. After the party members laugh at his desire to be a good guy, he ruins the party by destroying the cake, and storms off, saying that he will find a medal that will make everyone love him.
Ralph hears rumors of shooters winning a medal if they are able to defeat an alien shooter game, so he decides to “jump games”, and goes to fight some aliens. Well, as you would expect, Ralph fails miserably, getting on the bad side of Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch), in the process. Eventually, the soldiers move back to the beginning when the game ends, but Ralph sneaks away to climb the tower, and get the medal. He eventually does, and escapes the game flying an escape pod out on control. However, he brings a guest with him, a psy bug that eventually leads him to accidentally drive into Sugar Rush, a candy land type world that is the setting for a racing game.
After crashing in the world, and getting rid of the bug, who “drowns” in syrup, he runs into Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a young girl who wants to be a racer in the game more than anything, but can’t because she’s a glitch. From here, the movie gets going, following this unlikely couple and their odd relationship, on their way to trusting each other. The jokes really pick up here, as there are countless play on words and amazing visuals of candy.
The film is also pushed along by another unlikely duo, Fix-It Felix and Sgt. Calhoun, who team up and enter Sugar Rush as well. Felix is there to find Ralph, while Calhoun is there to find the bug that made it in. The bug could be a game wide threat, as it could lay eggs, and start an invasion. The two of them battle nesquik sand along the way, and they prove to be a great side story that mixes with Ralph and Vanellope.
As you would expect from Disney, the film is driven by incredible visuals, and great music to match it. In addition, and this is something that Disney always does a fantastic job of, the main characters have a great story arc, filled with heart, that makes you care about them. They are simply cartoon characters, and yet their facial expressions and actions are so believable that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. This makes you have a vested interest in them, and makes the movie an incredible experience.
I will leave the review there, because I don’t want to spoil anymore of the movie. All I will say is this: I can’t recommend this move highly enough. As I said on facebook right after I saw it, “If you loved video games and candy growing up, you will love it!” I was sort of joking, but it really is true. This movie speaks to all the generations, and is truly one of the best animated movies I’ve seen, and easily one of the best movies of the year.
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