Thursday, August 29, 2013
Requested Review #3: Wreck-It Ralph
For Me, 'Ralph' Is Surprisingly Enjoyable
Normally, I like to watch and review movies of PG-13 or R-rated caliber and that are much more mature, but Wreck-It Ralph is a rare exception as I got a request from my good friend Chris to review this and it was a real treat to watch.
Wreck-It Ralph is about a video game villain named Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) who is tried of always being defeated and looks to become a hero by receiving a gold medal, so he ends up going to a different game, then ends up in another called Sugar Rush, where he meets a glitchy character named Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) who is an aspiring racer. While he is trapped in Sugar Rush, he creates havoc for the arcade all the games are in.
What I Liked About It:
First off, I liked how the film is an original story, and because it's a Disney movie, it's not another fairy tale adaptation or a twist on a classic fairy tale. Plus, I think it is interesting that it is a movie about video games that is better than 90% of the movies that are based off of video games like Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. To me, that really says something. I also liked the voice performance from the cast. John C. Reilly does a solid job as the title character, and in my opinion, one of the high points of the film is the delightful chemistry between him and Silverman. Jane Lynch chews the scenery as Sergeant Calhoun, a character programmed with the saddest backstory ever from the game Hero's Duty, where Ralph finds his gold medal before being transported to Sugar Rush. Jack McBrayer, who plays Fix-It Felix, the hero from Ralph's game, is also very good and he and Lynch are hilarious when they are together on screen.
What I Didn't Like About It:
Overall, Wreck-It Ralph is a delightful and original treat for the whole family. Even if you're not a fan of video games, then you will still love this movie and this is one I highly recommend.