Today we (me, my partner and my two daughters) went to see ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. I’m sure its not a spoiler and not even a surprise, to hear that it was awesome! In fact both myself and my eldest daughter ended up crying at the end, only for her to tell me – as the credits scrolled – “I want to watch it again!”
This movie is perfect for all ages. My youngest daughter who is 4 (almost 5) sat quietly and watched the whole thing without fidgeting. My eldest daughter who is 8, cried as I just mentioned and said she wanted to see it again. They both loved it. My partner who isn’t massively into Disney, also loved it – probably especially because of all the retro gaming references.
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
The story begins in an arcade, centered around all the different arcade games in there. They are all linked together via their power cables, with plug extensions acting as stations. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is the supposed bad guy, who just wants to be a good guy. Without spoiling any sort of a plot, the storyline follows Ralph through his “quest” to earn a medal and show everyone he can be a hero. However in crossing over into the ‘Hero’s Duty’ game, then on into ‘Sugar Rush’, Ralph manages to cause no end of problems, but of course gets a happy ending too.
As always Disney Pixar manages to create a story and movie that consists of two levels. The simple face value level that children love and understand, along with the higher level aimed at adults. If you have ever played on old-fashioned arcade games and retro computer games (such as Atari, Amiga, Sega, SNES etc.) you will love so much about this movie. To be honest though even if you haven’t, you will still love ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ just for its amazing Disney-esque quality.
If you were even slightly tempted to see this movie, I definitely recommend you do. AND if you own an iPod, iPhone or iPad you can also play ‘Fix-It Felix Jnr’ (the arcade game that Wreck-It Ralph is found in) for free.
If you love that, there is an app for £1.49 (I think) that incorporates the ‘Fix-It Felix’ game, another based around the trees in Sugar Rush called ‘Sweet Climber’, another based on Hero’s Duty and another based on Turbo’s racing game (I’d spoil the movie if I explained that!). There is also apparently a “coming soon” game to this compilation, I would imagine based on Sugar Rush too.
There are loads of great characters in this movie and I don’t doubt for a second that some of them will end up residing in our house, along with the DVD when it’s released. I have to admit that my favourites were those of Calhoun (voiced by the amazing Jane Lynch), Vanellope (said like Penelope, but Van-elope) and of course Ralph himself. A small part of me is hoping that Disneyland Paris (which we visit this week) has some of the merchandise from this movie already!
One of my favourite parts of the movie, was definitely the Bad Anon meeting at the beginning. However I think its a shame that its also most overplayed, by acting as the main trailer for this movie. That said there were plenty of other good parts, many laugh out loud moments and definitely (in my opinion) a few tear jerking bits.
So what are you waiting for? Go watch it… now!!