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Ryan's Review: Wreck It Ralph.
Did it wreck my expectations?
So, I'm gonna go ahead and say a few things.
I love American Football. I love Lacrosse. I love Heavy Metal and Rap music.
I am a grown up, manly, man's man... man.
Having said that...
I've had the giggles ever since I saw the commercial for Disney's "Wreck it Ralph" a few months ago. For those of you who are out of the loop, Wreck it Ralph is about Ralph, an antagonist from the fictional arcade game, "Fix it Felix Jr." In Fix it Felix J- Wait... Am I about to give a synopsis in a synopsis in a review? Huh... Okay. Well, in Fix it Felix Jr, Ralph "wrecks" a penthouse that other video game characters live in, and then immediately after, Felix comes along and... well... fixes it.
How do you go back to the synopsis from the synopsis?
Well Ralph, sick and tired of being sick and tired, decides he wants to be the good guy for once. So he escapes from his game in hopes of acquiring a medal from another game, that would prove to his peers that he's a good guy.
I won't give up too much of the plot, but it's safe to say, shenanigans ensue.
I, being a closet nerd had high hopes for this movie, which, in retrospect, I feel was ill advised. With the exception of maybe Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, I've never been happy leaving a movie that I entered with expectations. Well...
I was pleased.
Wreck It Ralph is adorable.
True, the plot is predictable, and it carries over that cliche "Be what you want to be" Disney theme, but then again, you get what you pay for.
The writing is wonderful, the cast is surprisingly good, and the graphics, something that rarely gets attention anymore (Thanks James Cameron) are breathtaking.
John C. Reilly, known for his hilarious parts in Will Ferrell movies, has a fantastic voice for animation. It's big and booming as well as diverse and vulnerable, much like his character, Ralph. Jack McBrayer is perfect as Felix. Though he finds himself in his typecast as the goody two-shoes that we have grown to appreciate on NCB's smash hit show, 30 Rock as Kenneth. Personally, I am not a fan of Sarah Silverman, but he portrayal of "Vanellope von Schweetz", a girl that Ralph meets in another game, is fantastic. She's adorable and hilarious, and her story will pull every single one of your heartstrings.
I have always been a fan of movies with multiple settings. I love when the writers and animators have an opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and create new worlds for the audience to enjoy. Personally, I take every chance that I get to get lost in Middle Earth, or take the Hogwarts express to the best school of witchcraft and wizardry you've ever heard of. So when you can not only create a new world, but a world with no rules, a completely digital world in a digital world, the possibilities are endless!
I'm kinda split on this. I loved it... and I hated it. Lemme explain.
On the one hand...
The worlds that they created? Were fantastic.
"Game Central Station", also known as the power strip connecting all of the games in the arcade, is brilliantly done. Several hubs, just crawling with video game icons like Sonic or Bowser. Complete with PSA announcements, homeless video game characters and security. Most of the game takes place in a Willy Wonka-esque racing game called "Sugar Rush". As I just said, Sugar Rush is like Willy Wonka decided to open a factory in Oz. All of the scenery,, characters, and even vehicles are made completely from sweets. The worlds are fantastic.
When I saw the preview, I assumed he would be touring several worlds. Instead? There were very few. I thought they could have done more. There were a couple dozen games in that arcade. You're telling me they couldn't have stretched the plot a little to fit in a couple of other games? The movie was good, they just didn't explore all of the possibilities.
Other than that, I really liked it. I think my favorite part of the movie was the writing. It was adorable. The wordplay alone was adorable. Words like "Nesquick-sand", "Fungeon", "going Turbo", it was very cute.
It's basically Scott Pilgrim for kids, a modern Toy Story, if you're looking to avoid all of the action or drama in theatres, then this is your movie.
Bring your kids.
Bring your parents.
Bring your girlfriend.
I say go.