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November 29, 2012

Movie Review: Wreck-It-Ralph

by Leon Phanrana

If you like video games but don’t like movies that are based off video games, then Wreck-It Ralph is the movie to see. The main protagonist is named Ralph, and he is voiced by John C. Reilly. Really great actors, such as Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer, help to make this movie good. The animation is rated PG and lasts for one hour and thirty-two minutes.

The movie is about Ralph, a video game character who is a bad guy in his video game called Fix-it Felix Jr. but wants to be treated like a hero, like his video game’s main character (Jack McBrayer). He finds out that he can get a medal from a different game. If he gets that medal, the civilians in Fix-it Felix will treat him like a hero. He ends up going to a game called Heroes’ Duty, where Ralph meets sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), a rough and tough girl who hates failure. After leaving Heroes’ Duty, Ralph ends up in a race kart game called Sugar Rush, where he meets Vanellope von Schweets (Sarah Silverman). The rest of the movie takes place in Sugar Rush.

At first sight, this movie seems to be full of video game references, but the references only happen in the beginning part of the movie. References that appear in the movie include Street Fighter‘s Ryu Ken Zangief and M.Bison, Kano from Mortal Kombat, Clyde from PAC-MAN, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Dr.Eggman. After all the references in the beginning, the movie really dives into its feel-good story that appeals to kids, teens, and adults. Wreck-It-Ralph is definitely a movie to see, and I believe it should be a candidate for Best Animated Movie of the Year. I give the animation 9 classic arcades out of 10.

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