Devon's Review of Wreck-it Ralph
What if video games were a performance put on by the characters within them, and that after the game was over, they continued to interact while realizing the game was just a game? Or, what if we took Toy Story, combined it with A Bug's Life or Finding Nemo, and set it in an arcade? Well, we'd get "Wreck-It Ralph", a conventional, yet surprisingly entertaining cartoon, one of Disney's latest.
The game is called "Fix-It Felix Jr." and it's been around since the early days of video games, the Pac Man days. The premise of the game is simple, Wreck-It Ralph is removed from his home so that some high-rise apartments for rich people may be built. He comes back to get revenge by smashing up the building. The player then plays as Fix-It Felix and undoes all the damage caused by Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph is defeated and is relegated to living in the city dump. Obviously, a game this fun has stood the test of time, and it is still being played in the same arcade in the same spot to this day. However, Wreck-It Ralph is beginning to have doubts about his life. He wants some of the adulation Felix gets, or at least to have friends who talk to him every once in awhile, and decides to do something heroic in order to prove he's just as good and deserving as anyone. He sets off on an adventure, traveling to other video games and meeting other characters along the way.
It would be just as easy to be lazy with a movie like Wreck-It Ralph and make something by-the-numbers that panders to little kids. But Wreck-It Ralph isn't lazy, it's vibrant and full of fun. John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch all play their parts with gusto and it's wonderful to see the characters bouncing off one another. Wreck-It Ralph is a genuinely entertaining movie.