When I saw the Wreck-It Ralph trailer, the idea of the movie seemed so clever. I definitely wanted to see it and luckily I have two other friends who enjoy kids movies. It reminded me of Toy Story. What happens inside a video game especially when all the kids leave the arcade? What would video game characters do? What if they had feelings? What if they lived like us? Wreck-It Ralph takes the audience behind the scenes of video games.
I was happy to see John C. Reilly would be the main character in Wreck-It Ralph because he is fantastic and versatile. He’s most well-known for his roles in comedies like Step Brothers but he can do it all. Before this film, Reilly was the voice of one of the sack people in 9 and did a superb job. In Wreck-It Ralph, Reilly again nailed his role.
Besides making a great casting decision, Wreck-It Ralph had gret attention to detail. Characters moved like they move in the video game. You could even see in the trailer when all the bad guys from the videos games get together the Pacman ghost moves horizontally and vertically and floats exactly like the ghosts do in the game. The characters in the Wreck-It Ralph video game move in a jumpy style also similar to the video game.
I also thought the animation was great and accurately portrayed the illustrious world of video games. Despite all of this, the movie wouldn’t have reached its full potential without its humor and wittiness. I won’t get into exact scenes because I don’t want to ruin it, but it has great humor for both kids and adults. The more knowledge you have of video games, the more you will appreciate this film.
My one issue was when the writers went a little too far and had one of the characters call the others “pussy willows.” That’s a little adult for a kids movie and I was shocked they didn’t change that line before it hit theatres. However, that’s a small flaw in an otherwise sound movie.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Wreck-It Ralph captures the imagination of children, while keeping a great attention to detail and creating a witty story to please adults and others with knowledge of video games. I really thought this movie would be great and it didn’t disappoint.
I’ll give Wreck-It Ralph 4 1/4 out of 5 cups.
As of Nov. 15, Wreck-It Ralph made a domestic total of approximately $103 million versus a production budget $165 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
To see the movie trailer for Wreck-It Ralph, click here.