Movie of the Week: Wreck-It Ralph

Well, that’s not I was expecting.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was cute but based on the initial trailer, I thought (hoped) that the movie was going to be more of a trip down memory lane of all the old arcade games I grew up with.  It definitely started that way but once we got into the meat of the film, it felt like any old Disney film with a geeky spin.

The voice work by John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph) and Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix , Jr.) was great.  Jane Lynch (Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun) was doing the same schtick she’s been doing since Glee but it worked for her character (I guess the same can be said of McBrayer). It’s amazing how they managed to make Sarah Silverman’s (Vanellope von Schweetz) voice more annoying.

I didn’t think most of the movie was going to be about Wreck-It Ralph helping out Vanellope in her game, Sugar Rush. The trailer made it seem like there was more game jumping.  That said, I still enjoyed the gaming universe they built and the nostalgia I felt.  I could see little kids enjoying the film but if you have Q-bert and Street Fighter characters in your film, you were aiming for their parents.

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2 thoughts on “Movie of the Week: Wreck-It Ralph

  1. This is why we’re friends. Super accurate review. I went to go see this a couple weeks ago with Eric and Mikey. And we were all super hype for it. But at the end of it we were kinda let down. It’s a fantastic kid’s movie (cute plot), but why go so hard on all the throwback references? Zangief, M. Bison, Dr. Robotnik…the trailer was kind of misleading like that. I thought they’d have slightly bigger roles. I mean Tapper was in the movie! That game is easily 30+ years old. I should know. I play it all the time at Barcade. However, the bottle of Bailey’s I snuck in was delicious.

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