Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph

Yesterday, the fine folks at The Disney Parks Blog organized a Family Game Day Meet-Up at DisneyQuest with a preview screening of Wreck It Ralph. I was fortunate enough to be invited along with a friend from Twitter and her husband.

If you’re unfamiliar with DisneyQuest, it’s 5 floors and 100,000 square feet of video games and interactive attractions, like CyberSpace Mountain, where you can design a rollercoaster, and then ride it in a simulator with 360 degrees of movement (coaster with 13 loops FTW!).

For the upcoming release of Wreck It Ralph, they’ve added 7 arcade cabinets of Fix It Felix, Jr., the game from where Ralph comes. There was a long line to play these games, and while there’s a cluster of six on the 3rd floor, there’s a “hidden” one on the 4th floor, among the kiddie games.

I’m sure I could talk about the Lego building area that was set up that my son loved, or the Wreck It Ralph cupcakes that they had available, or the cool swag we got in the form of hero medals, or the contests that they had for playing the games.

But we all know you just want a review of Wreck It Ralph. Is it worth seeing? Is it worth seeing on the opening weekend?

Yes and yes!

Wreck It Ralph is a great film. After seeing the previews, you may already want to go just for the nostalgia factor of the classic video game characters. But even without them, the movie would stand on its own. The characters are complex for an animated film, enhanced by the great voice acting work from John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman and the rest of the cast. The plot has unexpected turns. And of course there are plenty of head nods to classic and modern video games, and other gems that are unexpected but delightful (the Oreos made everyone laugh!).

The recent movies for kids (Hotel Transylvania, Paranorman, Frankenweenie) have all been quirky and have limited appeal. Wreck It Ralph is a movie for everyone. Kids and adults will enjoy it together. Adults might even like it more than the kids (until the kids start calling each other “stinkbrain”).

I recommend you go see this movie. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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2 responses to “Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph

  1. Good review. Definitely an original piece of work from Disney animations, even if it does get a bit conventional by the end. However, I still had a great time with this movie and look forward to sequels.

    • I hadn’t even thought of sequels, yet! I’ll have to do some brainstorming on that… What I wouldn’t want to see is the characters leaving the video game world – they need to stay in the arcade. I think it would have to be more cross-overs into other video games.

      Thanks for the comment!

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