I have to make a quick review to the introductory 10-minute-or-so short film from Disney entitled “Paper Boy.” This short film is a silent, romantic little animation, set in a busy, fast-paced Manhattan city, drawn in a cell-shaded manner. I find the short animation cute, warm and uplifting.
Anyway, let’s get it to the main event.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? — (C) Disney
Wreck It Ralph’s premise is every geek’s fantasy—to create a world where all videogames do exist and there is life behind it. The concept itself is marvellous, something that is somehow similar to the Toys Story Saga. First off, I enjoyed the film as a whole. However, I felt like there was something missing. I was expecting to see the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Ryu, Chun Li, Pac-Man or even Bowser joining the fun and doing some action, like when we enjoyed watching Mr. Potatohead, Barbie, and even the Green Army in the Toys’ Story. I was so wrong.
The characters are endearing and congenial that you would root for Ralph and Glitch. The rest of the characters are pleasant to watch as well. The first half of the movie was delightful, and then the plot just got lost halfway through. Another major flaw that I noticed is that the film lacks character development. The relationship between Ralph and The Glitch seem a little bit forced for me that they were fighting on one end and then became like a big brother-little sister tandem in one snap. Unlike other Disney-Pixar films, that tugged major heartstrings, Wreck It Ralph is underwhelming for the most parts.
I would still recommend this movie especially for all gamers, kids, and all the kids-at-heart. It’s entertaining, funny, a bit heart-warming, and a whole lot of fun. It’s still Disney for God’s sake! Just do not expect too much out of it.
3.5 out of 5 stars