Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph

I originally purchased Wreck It Ralph on the recommendation of someone I barely knew but who seemed to have fantastic taste in movies, books, and music. I had wanted to see the movie and I randomly purchased it without first having seen it based solely on that person’s recommendation. And I’m absolutely happy that I did because I enjoy this movie greatly. It also turns out that my initial assessment of that person was spot on and they are the most amazing and awesome person I have ever met with marvelous taste in movies, books, and music.

“For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Then, when an evil enemy threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands.”

One of the best parts of this movie was how much it reminded me of my past and the games from my childhood. There were references to Q*Bert, which I didn’t really play, but it reminded me of a game I did play called J-Bird. I knew all about Q*Bert, though. Super Mario Bros, Metal Gear, Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Tapper, Sonic, and some others all made appearances or were mentioned. I remembered how much fun I used to have playing all the old games with my brother and how hard those old games were. I really enjoyed all the subtle references to gaming throughout the years.

It’s really easy to sympathize with Ralph during this movie and it really brought me something of a new viewpoint. If there weren’t bad guys in video games, what would be the point of the game? “Who will crash men’s skulls like twigs between thighs?” I thought the bad guy motto and the zombie were both highly amusing. Watching a zombie talk about how labels don’t make people. “Me. Zombie. RRAAAAARRR.” It amused me 🙂

I really enjoyed how this movie took a bunch of video game tropes and turned them on their heads. Ralph’s comment when Hero’s Duty starts, “When did video games get so violent and scary?” and the fact that the first person shooter is a young girl with glasses amused me greatly. Calhoun is hilarious throughout the movie, especially at the beginning of Hero’s Duty and how one of her soldiers says that she was given the worst back story ever was both amusing and sad at the same time. Often times, the main protagonist for video games these days is the large, white, male hero who has experienced the loss of his wife or daughter or girlfriend or someone of that nature and it was nice to see that same role being reversed and having Calhoun’s about-to-be-husband the one who gets killed and how that motivates Calhoun to become a solid leader and soldier to kill the Cy-Bugs.

This movie has so many random puns that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. But these puns also amused me greatly.

I could go on and on about why I think this movie is great, but really, it’s the whole movie. The only thing in the movie that I dislike (and the only reason I don’t watch it more frequently) is that super annoying, yet highly addictive “Sugar Rush” song.

Overall, this movie is easily a high four or maybe even a five on my rating scale. Since my rating scale only goes to five, that’s pretty much as high as you can get. The “Sugar Rush” song is the only reason this movie isn’t a solid five on my rating scale. I own the movie, I’m happy I own the movie, and I watch it very frequently.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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