|Review: Wreck-It Ralph
||[May. 1st, 2013|12:39 am]
Wench with Wrench
Today's review is of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph:
Yes, I know it's a Disney film, but it is obviously directed geared to catch the attention of video geeks of the 80's, like me. I spent half the movie calling out the names of video icons like I was at a high school reunion (you know, but with people I liked).
The story seems at first to be a rather simple one: Wreck-It Ralph, the bad guy in a video game called Fix it Felix, wants to be liked by the other characters. He decides that the best way to be liked is to win a medal, like the ones Felix always wins.
So he leaves his game to figure out how to find a medal, when he hears that Hero's Duty gives medals to the winners. He disguises himself as a soldier and screws up royally and somehow (I forgot how) he winds up in the quirky, brightly colored game Sugar Rush... and that's where the story gets deeper.
Ralph meets young, loud Vanellope Von Schweetz, who is a "glitch" in the game. All Vanellope wants is to be able to participate in the Sugar Rush race, where the winner receives - you guessed it - a medal.
But there's also a darker story going on: a Cy-bug from Hero's Duty invades Sugar Rush and lays hundreds of eggs about to hatch and take over the game. Meanwhile Felix and Sergeant Calhoun follow Ralph's trail into Sugar Rush hoping to kill the Cy-bug before the invasion happens.
And there's even more layers to the story under that, with a twist that even I didn't guess before it was revealed!
My take on it: it's a damn fun ride! The characters are great, and it is so very easy to see Sara Silverman (Vanellope) and Jane Lynch (Calhoun) in their characters. And it's great how they bring the retro video games into modern animation.
You must watch it and enjoy all the silliness it has to offer!