Underrated: Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Review

4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Rich Moore

101 mins

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O’Neill.

A remarkably unique film which celebrates multigenerational gaming, Wreck-It Ralph has a heartwarming story and charming lead characters.

Emulating a lo-res ’80s video game, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the villain of arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr. in Litwak’s Family Fun Center & Arcade. When the arcade closes for the night, the characters of the games can go between games and socialise in the power strip given that they are back in position for the next day.

Toy Story with a twist, Wreck-It Ralph is original and exciting with a great premise.

A kind-hearted ‘villain’, Wreck-It Ralph is excluded from his own game’s thirtieth anniversary party while the ‘hero’ Felix is praised and awarded medals.

With a desire to be liked and appreciated, Ralph sets off on an adventure to win his own medal.

On his trip, he meets racer and glitch of arcade game Sugar Rush, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and the pair strike up an unlikely friendship.

With a mix of drama, fantasy, comedy and adventure, Wreck-It Ralph blends nostalgia with a charming story making it an entertaining watch for children and adults alike.

The animation is stunning too and there’s even a scene where Ralph attends a group therapy session called Bad-Anon. The group is ran by Clyde – the orange pac-man ghost whose slogan is ‘One game at a time’. Also at the group is Sonic the Hedgehog villain Dr. Eggman, Bowser of the SuperMario series and M. Bison of Street Fighter II among others.

Adventurous, adorable and original, Wreck-It Ralph is a must see film for old-school gaming fans and children.

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