So Wreck-It Ralph is awesome. That is all.
Ok, just kidding, that’s not all. But after walking out of that movie theater, I felt that I had just seen one of the funnest, best put together films of all time. From start to finish it entertains. The people who made this thought of everything. When we’re standing in the lobby of an 80s arcade game hotel, the windows and splattered frosting are pixelated, and the occupants move in that jerky way we know belonged to days of rough graphics. Safes are opened with an ‘up, down, A, B” code on a Nintendo controller, and you get to see “what really happens” that makes arcade games work. Who knew that power strips are actually basically transportation hubs for arcade characters?
The animation is brilliant, and flawlessly transitions from the retro ‘Wreck-It Ralph” to the brutal ‘Hero’s Duty’ to the candy filled ‘Sugar Rush’ that actually made me hungry. And you won’t want to miss the end credits as there is some funny stuff going on there as well.
Carried by John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope), Jane Lynch (Calhoun), Alan Tudyk (King Candy), and Jack McBrayer (Felix), this is a truly brilliant cast, and even the bit roles, at any moment, are primed to unleash both brilliantly hilarious lines, and/or pearls of wisdom that really give this film a deeper quality than some of the fluff that passes for family entertainment. We learn that being a hero is more than just winning medals, that greatness can come from the unlikeliest of places, and that it is always a good idea to help out the homeless Q*bert by giving him the extra cherry you just stole from Pac-man.
And of course, there are the video games. Oh my, are we immersed in them. And while people my age are more likely to get all the references and recognize more characters, there’s something here for everyone. I will refrain from giving examples so I won’t spoil the surprise.
I’m giving this five out of five stars. To put it simply, if this doesn’t win the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year, then the Academy has completely lost it. If you love video games you’ll love it, if you don’t, you’ll still love it, because this is a quality film that brings something fresh and fun at a mile a minute. Go see it.