Wreck It Ralph – Family Fun and Video Game Nostalgia


Film: Wreck-It Ralph

Director: Rich Moore

Year: 2012

Country: United States

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 family comedy film about video game characters Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reily) and Fix-It Felix (Jack McBryer) and their adventures throughout the video game universe.  Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix are the main characters of Fix-It Felix Jr., celebrating their thirtieth year anniversary. Wreck-It Ralph is the under appreciated villain of Fix-It Felix Jr., and strives for a medal for his work (since Felix gets one after each game).  Over the course of Ralph’s adventure we meet colorful characters and they take us on a wild ride.

There are many characters (as well as references to other classic games) that give the audience a laugh.  Classic nods to the likes of Zangief (Street Fighter), Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog), and Qbert, even as cameos, all give some quick laughs.  While John C. Reily and Jack McBryer put on great performances, Sarah Silverman (Vanellope) and Jane Lynch (Sgt. Calhoun) really steal the show.  Vanellope shows the innocence of children in this world while Sgt. Calhoun is so out of place in this cute and cuddly video game world but Jane Lynch makes it work.  Sgt. Calhoun, programmed with the most tragic back story ever coded, shows the grittiest and darkness that exists in the world.

While Wreck-It Ralph is very happy-go-lucky (for lack of a better word), there are some dark undertones that make the film more for adults as much as the children.  All of the characters are afraid of being “unplugged” by the arcade manager, therefore losing their homes. Sounds a lot like the United States home and job security troubles? Everyone can relate to Wreck-It Ralph in one way or another.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10 Stars




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