I used to make my little brother so mad when we played video games as kids. We’d make it to the end of the first Super Mario game and I would turn the game off right before the end. I always felt so bad for Bowser and couldn’t bring myself to drop him in the lava. If you remember that game then you remember there was no saving or picking up where you left off; he had to go through all that again. In my eyes Bowser was just a misunderstood guy who wanted to have more of a social life. I felt that way about most of the video game villains and eventually my brother stopped letting me play with him.
Wreck-It Ralph is the same kind of misunderstood villain. Well, in actuality he’s not a villain at all – he’s just a guy who wants to be accepted. I think many of us can understand that feeling and to me that’s what makes this movie awesome. It’s not often I can sit through a movie 3 times in a row, but that’s exactly what I did when we received our copy of Wreck-It Ralph. My son couldn’t get enough of the movie and I really enjoyed it as well.
Wreck-It Ralph is narrated by the main character, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly), and follows his quest to get a medal so the inhabitants of his video game world will accept him. Ralph is the antagonist (i.e. villain) in the video game, Fix-It Felix, Jr., and Felix is the hero. Felix fixes everything Ralph wrecks. During a celebratory party for Felix, Ralph accidentally destroys the penthouse. The villagers tell Ralph the only way to prove he’s a hero is to get a medal – thus begins his quest.
Ralph leaves the Fix-It Felix, Jr. video game and enters the world of Hero’s Duty where he meets Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch). Things don’t go as planned so Ralph moves on and continues his journey. He meets a glitch named Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush. The 2 find chaos, adventure and mayhem and it’s here where Ralph learns what it is to have and be a friend.
The appearance of classic characters like Bowser, Q*Bert and other favorites makes me a little giddy. While my son doesn’t have the memories I do of these characters I really appreciate them being added in. The overall feel of this movie is amazing; there’s not a second where you’re bored, confused or ready to stop watching.
If you have yet to see Wreck-It Ralph now’s your chance to get it. It released on DVD & Blu-Ray March 5th and is a must have or your collection. To learn more about Wreck-It Ralph visit the official Wreck-It Ralph website. Be sure to pick up your copy today, or tomorrow at the latest!
I received a copy of Wreck-It Ralph for review purposes. All opinions are my own