Mark's Review of Wreck-it Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph is pure fun, with a lot of clever ideas. You just have to kid of go with it, and not look for deep philosophy here, but oddly, the film does have some. Ralph's journey also doesn't really change who he is, but he changes who his friend are, and he has a nice arc of self-discovery, besides getting into some very interesting situations. The world will basically end if he doesn't succeed, so it also has some real feeling of risk to the adventure.
John C. Reilly is a master of being hang-dog, and he's the perfect voice for Ralph. The intersection of the various game worlds is fun to follow, and the level of detail is amazing, too, depending on the game you're in. I was never a big arcade game player, but I can appreciate the inside jokes and game-culture references, and the characters are all distinct and interesting. Even the good guy gets to continue being good, and Sarah Silverman gets to be kid-profane and amusing at the same time.
There's also the Pixar-like quality to appeal to all ages with this film, and there's heartwarming and charming interactions that elevate the film above what might have been just one big chase. You get the chase, too, but it's not like most chases you'll ever see except in an arcade. The movie is certainly able to stand on its own, but there's so many 'worlds' to explore with this now, I actually wouldn't mind seeing a sequel if a good story with enough at stake could be created.