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Wreck-It Ralph Review

Wreck-it-Ralph

Plot Synopsis

In the 8-bit game Fix-it Felix, the main Bad Guy Wreck-it Ralph simply wants to be appreciated like his Good Guy counterpart Felix Jr. But there’s just one problem: No one ever loves the Bad Guys. Game after game and with each defeat, Felix Jr. is awarded medal after medal for his noble acts of valor against each of Ralph’s rampage on Niceland’s buildings and its tenants. Shunned by his community and unappreciated, Ralph comes to the conclusion that in order to be truly welcomed he needs to obtain a medal – a symbol of honor and accomplishment. He sets out into the arcade gaming sphere and sneakily makes it into the first person shooter game Hero’s Duty featuring Sergeant Calhoun where a medal is offered daily to winning players. However, Ralph wrecks everything in his attempt for the medal and accidentally unleashes a threatening enemy that can potentially corrupt every arcade game. Ralph’s wild adventure leads him to the candy-coated realm of racers titled Sugar Rush where he meets “The Glitch” Vanellope von Schweetz, a sharp-tongued program who too is dismissed by her people. Ruler of the sugar domain, the flamboyant King Candy seeks to rid of “The Glitch” at all costs. With Felix Jr. and Sergeant trailing Ralph’s wreckage to fix his actions, will Ralph realize what it means to be a Good Guy before the growing enemy shuts down the gaming universe?

Characters

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Ralph
For 30 years, Ralph has been keeping up his job as the villain of the arcade game Fix-it Felix. Yet, everyday grows harder to love his job as no one seems to like him for doing it. Simply wanting to be accepted by the community and recognized for his contribution to the game, Ralph sets out on a journey into the arcade network to prove that just because he’s a bad guy doesn’t mean he’s a “bad guy.”

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Vanellope von Schweetz
Termed as “The Glitch,” Vanellope is a pixelated program who’s been shunned by the sugar-coated inhabitants of the candy-filled racing arcade game Sugar Rush. With a racer’s spirit encoded inside her, Vanellope yearns to contest against the other racers at the starting lineup. Even though she possesses crude humor, underneath that hard exterior is a sweet and lovable center.

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Fix-it Felix, Jr.
The star good guy of the arcade game Fix-it Felix, Felix embodies the niceness and willingness to help as programmed to be of a “good guy.” With his magical golden hammer that holds the power to fix any and everything, Felix is constantly praised by Niceland’s tenants as he is awarded medal after medal. However, can Felix and his hammer fix the wreckage left behind by Ralph’s wild adventure?

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Sergeant Calhoun
Don’t be deceived by this lady’s pretty visage. Inside her is a rooting-tooting heart of steel as she commands and leads the forces of the game Hero’s Duty towards humanity’s freedom. Sergeant Calhoun will stop at nothing to protect the player against the infested epidemic, Cy-Bug.

King Candy
All hail the sugary reign of King Candy, ruler of the race track and game Sugar Rush. Renowned as the best racer on the lineup, King Candy rules with a bubbly and eccentric persona, but he is heatedly strict when mention of “The Glitch” Vanellope rings the bells in his ears.

Review

As a solid Disney fan, I was immediately sold by the digital animation with the trailer release. Wreck-it Ralph takes on a new spin compared to a typical Disney story line where now there is a role reversal on spotlight shining on the Bad Guy’s perspective. The film’s basis focusing on video games allows it to approach the concept in a myriad of ways. Merging old school classics with new school graphics, the movie targets not only children, but also adults who’ve had gaming nostalgia.

The dialogue of Wreck-it Ralph incorporates a variant of gaming puns and humor that any gamer new and old would instantly comprehend. I must personally say that the language was not a touch from genius. The creation of a central station for the gaming characters to all interact establishes a wonderful home place for the audience to watch as all their favorite avatars casually converse with each other. Alongside its comical side, Disney of course, introduces the “dark side” of the game sphere such as a gaming character that purposely sabotages another game is termed as going “turbo.”

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Ralph himself is such a lovable lug who is just misjudged by his title. Honestly, the way the tenants treat him was a hit to reality that people in real life behave significantly similar this. It may be harsh for the younger audience, but it is what it is. I found the friendship that evolved between Ralph and Vanellope to be an unpredictable one. I did not expect Vanellope to be as forgiving as she was throughout the film because of the tough shell she outlays. The story line itself was superbly innovative with its plot twists at unexpected moments and deep insight on the character development.

Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to watch as it will capture your childhood youth as it did with mine and what’s better than seeing your favorite Street Fighter character costarring with Sonic the Hedgehog?

Rating: 9/10

Produced by: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Director: Rich Moore

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