Wreck-It Ralph (2012)Saturday, 26. January 2013
Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr. And while everybody loves Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer), nobody likes Ralph. And he’s had it with that. Just once, he wants to be the hero and win a medal. When he isn’t even invited to the game’s anniversary party, that is just the straw to break the camel’s back – and Ralph takes off, straight to Hero’s Duty, where he thinks he can easily get a medal. But things quickly go very wrong and suddenly, the entire Fix-It Felix Jr. game is threatened with unplugging.
I’m not much of a gamer, therefore I’m afraid that I lacked a lot of frames of reference for this movie. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it a whole lot. It’s sweet and really funny.
Wreck-It Ralph is the kind of film that makes you happy about every computer game you ever touched. Not only because you just get more of the in-jokes that way, but also because it’s a film that is just made with a whole lot of love for the medium. And that is great to share.
And that’s also obvious in the staggering amount of detail that they manage to insert into the film. As I said, I probably missed 2/3s of it anyway, but even so, it was just great.
Add to that a fantastic voice cast with (mostly) great dialogues (I could have done without the Vanellope [Sarah Silverman] / Ralph insults and the doodie jokes, but at least they didn’t bother me much) and you got a clear winner. Basically what I want now is everything Jane Lynch says in the film on a shirt and most of what Alan Tudyk says, too.
All joking aside, though, the story is just really sweet and touching. I really cared about the characters and their success. I even shed a couple of tears. It was an entirely satisfying movie experience.