While on my grand Disney adventure last month, I had the fantastic opportunity to screen five movies in two and a half days – it was awesome. Of course, I loved all of the movies, but the movie that surprised me the most was Wreck-It Ralph. I didn’t know much about the movie, and I kind of thought it would be kind of errr, well, boyish. I know, that sounds bad, but it’s the best way I can explain my lack of enthusiasm going into the movie.
I was SO wrong. In fact of the animated movies we saw, Wreck-It Ralph was surprisingly my favorite.
Wreck-It Ralph isn’t just for boys, it isn’t just for girls and it isn’t just for kids – it is entertainment for the whole family. With retro throwbacks to ‘80s gaming and a healthy mix of humor that appeals to all ages, Wreck-It Ralph is downright hilarious. I can’t wait to see it again and introduce my girly-girl to the movie.
If I was asked to describe Wreck-It Ralph in one word, it would be clever. From the script and characterization, to the gaming references that even this non-gamer gets — it is all-around clever.
In firm Disney tradition Wreck-It Ralph is both heartwarming and nostalgic. The story follows Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly), a miss-understood “bad guy” who wonders, “Is this all there is?” Frustrated by always being overshadowed by his game’s “good guy” Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), Ralph game hops and goes “turbo” in search of something more.
In his search, Ralph leaves his 8-bit world and visits nearby games introducing audiences to the starkly contrasting high-tech land of Heros Duty, the ooey-gooey sweet land of Sugar Rush and the neutral middle ground of Game Central Station. Taking on the role of a shooter in Hero’s Duty, Ralph meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) Ralph, who disapproves of Ralph’s game jumping.
After Ralph crash landing in Sugar Rush he meets his first real friend – Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) a misfit whose goal is to be race car driver. When Sugar Rush’s fate is in jeopardy, it is up to Ralph find his inner “good guy” to save Sugar Rush and Vanellope. In the end, Ralph discovers that it’s ok to be a “bad guy” as long as he is still a “good guy” at heart.
Wreck-It Ralph is lovable from beginning to end with likable characters that you can’t help but to become attached to, it is sure to “wreck-it” with families everywhere including my own!
Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters November 2, 2012.
Disclosure – I was invited to attend this premiere as part of a blogger weekend. All air fair and lodging was provided, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.