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February 8, 2019

Wreck-It-Ralph (2012) --- “When The Arcade Closes, A New World Comes To Life. Get Ready For A New Kind Of Hero.”


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   Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia; Wreck-It-Ralph 2) and a written by a host of writers, Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is a classic, nostalgic, surprisingly adept, and emotional film by Disney. When the lights go off at the Arcade, for the video game characters it's just the end of another day on the job. Using Game Central Station, the characters can leave their own game to go party, visit friends or chill at a bar until the Arcade opens in the morning. This film follows Wreck-It-Ralph (John C. Reilly), the “villain” in the game "Fix-It Felix Jr". Tired of not being recognized or appreciated by the “good guys” of the game, Ralph decides to leave his game to win a medal in the hopes that it will win him the appreciation and acceptance he so desperately craves. Along the way, Ralph finds himself on a misadventure as he jumps through various games, meets a slew of characters, leaves a path of destruction in his wake and uncovers a hidden conspiracy. Will he finally find acceptance before its too late? Or will he wreck it all?

     Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is like Toy Story and I’ll explain in three ways. First, Director Moore has built a world that coincides with the rules associated with video games. For example, if a game is Out of Order, then the characters must either evacuate the game and live as nomads or go out permanently with the game. Also, the characters are constantly reminded that if they die outside their game its permanent, which may sound like a kind of morbid thing to put in a family film but there is a sense of wit and humor considering Moore’s past work with Futurama and The Simpsons.
     Secondly, it pokes fun at video games stereotypes and how gaming has evolved throughout the years; from joy-stick retro games like Pac-Man and Tetris to high definition first-person games like Halo and Tomb Raider. Whether you’re an avid gamer or you enjoy the occasional game every now and then, this film is no doubt truly nostalgic. The story is also a bit ironic too. In real life most gamers (though they won’t admit it) play games to escape reality and become another character, however, the characters in the games are unable to do that since they were programmed to be exactly who they are. Ralph tries to escape his reality by being something he’s not but without him then his game would have no purpose. I found this to be an endearing quality about the story because that goes the same for us as well. We can only be who we were designed to be.
     And thirdly, the story is layered with multiple sub-plots and themes of friendship, action, comedy, mystery, and a little bit of romance. Like the partnership between Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) is first comical and then sweet, their both outcasts in their games who learn to rely on each other after being put in a Us versus Them situation. There is also the sub-plot that follow Fix-It-Felix (Jack McBrayer) in his quest to find Ralph. He comes to appreciate the importance of Ralph to their game and even finds a bit of love in the process. It is nice to see all the sub-plots come together into one incredibly moving ending that will leave you smiling. The characters are also good and fit their roles perfectly.

     Overall, Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is an entertaining and cheeky film that has everything. From themes of friendship, action, comedy, mystery, and even a little bit of romance to an incredibly moving ending that will leave you smiling and feeling good about yourself. This one of my favorite most recent animated family film and I am beyond excited to see Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). I highly recommend this film to everyone, especially if you enjoyed the Toy Story films.

"I am bad, and that is good. I will never be good, and that's not bad."
- Wreck-It-Ralph

Final Vote -- 7.8 of 10 stars

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