“Wreck-It Ralph” is not only nostalgic for those who enjoy video games, but also heartwarming for everyone else. The Disney animated film centers around Ralph, who is the villain in the fictional game Fix-It Felix Jr., as he desires to be more than the bad guy when he is underappreciated and mistreated in his game.
The movie has quite a few cameos from characters from games like Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter and more. The cameos are handled well and do not bog down the movie. Gamers can expect to laugh at some of the game references throughout, though the movie is far more than a slew of game allusions.
A great cast of characters and a well-developed plot end up dominating the film. The main characters are all rather likeable, which is a relief as I couldn’t help but worry that Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope would be nothing more than a constant annoyance based on the trailers.
However, her character grew on me as the movie showed why she acts how she does. All the main characters are similarly fleshed out, allowing the audience to connect with them.
The movie’s plot is easy to follow but also engaging, and features a clever twist. More emotional moviegoers might shed a few tears by the time the credits roll.
Despite its seriousness the film remains kid friendly, with lots of eye-catching visuals and the occasional cheesy joke that one would only find in a children’s movie.
“Wreck-It Ralph” succeeds largely because it takes the time to craft its own universe rather than constantly reference other games. Thanks to its three dimensional characters and unique story, “Wreck-It-Ralph” is a film that anyone can enjoy, gamer or otherwise.