Okay, all right. I know that I do not normally cover movies unless they are anime-related, however this one focuses upon gaming which is one of the three pillars that this site was founded upon, I had to do it.
|Ralph at the Bad-Anon Meeting for video game villains.|
Plot Thoughts and Impressions
Also in WRECK-IT RALPH, they make it very easy to sympathize with the two main characters, Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz. Throughout the story you see exactly why they are doing what they are doing in order to feel like they belong and what drives their desire to be accepted and appreciated by the peers of their game. The passion behind what drives Ralph and Vanellope bring about scenes that really stir-up the raw emotion into you, especially on a few of the later scenes concerning the interaction between the two.
|Sgt. Tamora Jean Colhoun inside her game “Hero’s Duty”.|
Just as important as the story itself are the characters involved in the story. It is very possible to dislike an awesome story with all the right humor if you do not like the characters involved in it. I am happy to say that I like the vast amount of characters presented because they all have their unique personalities which adds to the overall flair of the movie, I do not believe I disliked any single character.
I believe the main characters are presented well doing the movie. Ralph comes off as a true hero during the end and opens my eyes to the theory that a “Bad Guy” may not be a bad guy; however, believed they could have did better to showcase Ralph’s wrecking ability by giving him some additional powers or simply creating additional scenes to use it. Vanellope was energetic and fun the entire movie, and although she was serious, she did not seem to have as much of an impact on me as Ralph did, in fact, I felt more sympathy towards her situation only after it was acknowledged by Ralph.
The supporting characters are all pretty well done in what they are suppose to do. But Fix-It Felix Jr.’s relationship with Colhoun is the supporting highlight of the movie. Both Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sgt.Colhoun act as the deuteragonists and give more comedy relief than everyone else, it was actually quite refreshing and I loved the humor. The rest of the cast, such as the residents of the penthouse inside of Ralph’s game, and the various cameos by other characters did not effect too much (Though, I did enjoy the names of the Go-Kart racers in the game “Sugar Rush”); however, the antagonist of the game did his part well enough to make you root against him but his performance was, all-in-all, a bit lack luster especially at the end of the movie.
Homage to Video Games
|Bowser from Super Mario, Zangief from Street Fighter, Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog.|
Honestly, the only reason I went to go see this movie was because it was a animated movie about a video game character that featured appearances by other well known characters (Those I recognized in the movie were Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik, Ryu, Ken, Cammy, White, Zangief, Chun-Li, M. Bison, Q-Bert, Pac-man and the Ghosts, Bowser, and Kano. They even made mentions to other characters such as when Ralph was looking through the lost and found, pulling out the exclamation point from Metal Gear Solid and a Mushroom from the Super Mario Series. At one point we even see use of the “Konami Code” that was entered on a NES controller. Also, early in the move, there are also various games we see at their that we see everyday in real life, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Super Street Fighter II.
Something else that seemed to be inspired were some of the locales that WRECK-IT RALPH takes place in. The “Hero’s Duty” name reminds me a lot like “Call of Duty“, however, the level itself reminded me a lot like Resistance: Fall of Man, with the main character of that series “Sgt. Colhoun” whose appearance reminded me a lot like Anya Stroud from Gears of War (And her weapon reminded me a lot like Gears of War‘s “Longshot” and folded out similar to a Promethean weapon from Halo 4). Sugar Rush video game reminded me quite a lot of Mario Kart for the simple reason they had arrows on the ground to boost speed, you had multi-colored boxers pick up in order to obtain items (One of the missile pick-ups that King Candy had reminded me of the triple red homing shell from Mario Kart 64), even had a shortcut that strangely resembled the track “Rainbow Road”.
Also, during the very end of the movie before the final ending credits, you see various other references to popular video games: Ralph and Vanellope are helping with the “Break the Car!” bonus stage from Street Fighter II, Sonic the Hedgehog runs through a loop which seems to be Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Ralph, Vanellope, Fix-It Felix Jr., and Sgt. Colhoun grab medals and go down through a pipe which is similar to what you will find in Super Mario 1.
The big thing about this movie is that someone who is not into video games or arcade games will probably miss out in quite a lot of “hidden” game humor besides the obvious things. I thoroughly enjoyed how much they appealed to gamers by including an awful lot of similarities and references to already established gaming greats.
This movie is a bit slow at spots but overall it is an enjoyable experience and I am happy with the decision to go and watch it. The movie generated the right amount of emotions at the right times and had a very unexpected plot twist at the very end of the movie that makes you go “Ugh!” because it was so obvious but so well-hidden that you can do nothing but applaud it (You will know what I am talking about). The story was actually pretty well-done and draws you into it the more it goes along and you cannot help but celebrate Ralph. The characters can be delightful and you begin to find yourself entangled within the multiple aspects of each personality, all while wondering how they will solve the catastrophe that Ralph’s wish to change his and Vanellope’s destinies pan out.
The only thing that probably completely saddens me about this movie is the fact that the Arcade scene here in the United States is all but dead except for a few places that still support the fighting game scene (All because we are in the generation of the home gaming consoles).
WRECK-IT RALPH is an excellent movie and I would encourage ANYONE who loves video games to go and see it at least once, you will not be disappointed.