If you've seen any of the millions of commercials for it over the last couple months, you already know the basics: after decades of being a "bad guy" in an old, 8-bit video game, Ralph is fed up. He longs to have the chance to be a good guy for once, believing that by winning a gold medal the other denizens of his game won’t just see him as a one-dimensional bad guy anymore. This leads to one of the movie’s most memorable scenes (which you have also likely seen in one of many commercials) where Ralph attends a Bad Guy support group to discuss his troubles with other video game bad guys including Clyde from Pac-Man, Zangief from Street Fighter and Bowser from the Super Mario games.
The characters come alive with the voice talents of John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights), Jane Lynch (Glee), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program). Both Reilly (Ralph) and Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz) shine in the roles, bringing genuine heart to their video game counterparts. A special shout-out goes to Silverman—not known for her kid-friendly roles—who brings such charm, spunk and heart to the little girl she plays that we can’t imagine anyone else as Vanellope.
The thing that struck us the most about this movie is just how imaginative it is. Every video game reference is in there for good reason, and not merely for show. There are so many little extras that it would take several viewings to catch all the little in-jokes and pop culture references. The story is well executed, leaving no plot holes or unresolved issues—a rarity for movies marketed to the younger crowd.
We implore you, Masterminds, to not let the fact that this is aimed at a younger crowd dissuade you from seeing this movie. It would be an epic disservice for anyone who loves video games, animation and/or everything Disney to miss out seeing this in theaters. The excellent script, combined with the cast vocal talents and dazzling mise-en-scène (yeah, it’s a real thing) make Wreck-It Ralph a home run for kids and adults alike. This is the first movie we can recall being a true love letter to video games and the gamers who play them. So put down that game controller, leave the arcade and catch the best movie about video games we’ve seen in a long time. Unlike the Super Mario Bros movie, this one is sure to become a modern classic.
What was your favorite cameo from Wreck-It Ralph?