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Wreck It Ralph
I was really afraid that due to friends who never see movies with me, I would wind up missing out on Disney’s Wreck It Ralph. Thankfully I made it out to the theater last night to watch it and came out of it with a smile on my face. It’s funny, Disney movies usually start getting pushed a year or two in advance and up until the summer, I hadn’t heard anything about the film. Maybe it managed to somehow fly under my radar, but I’m glad that I only had minimal time to wait in between the time when I saw the first trailer and when it arrived in theaters.
The first thing that I should note about the film is that to me, Wreck It Ralph feels more like a Pixar film. Brave was absolutely wonderful (and out on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13), but at the end of it all, it felt like a Disney princess movie. I get why Pixar probably opted to make Brave a Pixar movie instead of a Disney one (I think it has something to do with a lack of female heroines), but it felt more like a sort of Tangled-esque film than again, a Pixar one. Wreck It Ralph had the kind of original story that I’ve come to expect from the minds of the folks at Pixar so I was a little surprised when Disney announced that it would be their title. I know they’re technically owned by the same company, but there’s always been such a contrast in the movies they respectively choose to make.
The one other thing that made Wreck It Ralph more Pixar-like was the animated short in front of the film, Paperman. Thanks to the internet and people’s goddamn ability (or lack of) to not post spoilers and crap online, I had already heard a ton about the short. What I didn’t expect was its power to emotionally pull me in and completely invest me in this little film. I don’t want to spoil any of for you, but it was perfection all done in black and white with a little bit of red.
Moving onto the big picture, Wreck It Ralph was everything I wanted it to be and more. I have such a pet peeve with family movies that are laced with insufferable amounts of innuendo because studios believe parents need that to enjoy the film. Wreck It Ralph was a pretty well rounded family film though. The characters were endearing and likable, the story was fun and original and the animation was pretty damn spectacular. Oh, and if you’re going into the game as a big video game geek, Wreck It Ralph is really a treat and a half.
John C. Reilly does a great job voicing the title character and Jane Lynch is very Sue Sylvester as Gears of War-esque character Calhoun. 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer does a great job as Fix It Felix Jr. and while I loathe Sarah Silverman as an actor and stand up comedian, I’ll say that I admittedly enjoyed her voice performance as Vanellope von Schweetz, despite the fact that Silverman’s voice did get a bit irksome at times.
Wreck It Ralph is laced with morals and teachings about how you can live your life to the fullest. A lot of people saw this as overbearing and preachy, but how can you really condemn such a positive message for the young people in our lives? This is a movie that will be seen by kids for generations to come and giving them a message that lets them know that they can be whatever they would like to be is never a bad thing. So to all those people saying that Wreck It Ralph isn’t worth it because of it, to you I say remember what it was like to have a dream and to want to be something more. We hold the key to our futures and we can do whatever we want with the right motivations and some determination.
The moral of this review? Wreck It Ralph was awesome. I enjoyed every minute of the film and it was full of laughs, heart and SO MANY EMOTIONS!