I saw WRECK IT RALPH last night. I had not gone to the movies since THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and had fairly high expectations for the new Disney film. I was not disappointed.
The art direction in RALPH is complex and beautiful; each game world is rendered with appropriately personalized styles, as are their chracters, while designs for Ralph, Venellope and Felix are charming and unique.
Likewise, RALPH does not skimp on the plot. While it is slightly disappointing that we don’t get to venture into more games, Sugar Land is the perfect the world to spend about 60 minutes in, and there are so many subplots going on it’s hard to think about what’s going on elsewhere in the arcade.
John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman play off each other well, as do Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Adam Corolla, Horatio Sanz and Mindy Kaling pop up as well.
The movie is funny, I chuckled throughout. There are so great references to games from the 60s through current day, including the all-important NES code (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right–you get the idea!), as well as familiar characters like Bowser, Sonic and Street Fighter’s Ryu.
I’d give RALPH an 8/10 easy, but if you are looking for the elusive “family film,” something for everyone to enjoy, you have found the perfect movie. Go see WRECK IT RALPH at once.