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Movie Review: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph” bounces from 8-bit driving games to photorealistic first-person shooters and beyond.
Oklahoman Published: November 2, 2012

Three separate logic threads tie “Wreck-It Ralph” together: Glitches cannot leave their own games, characters that die outside their games cannot regenerate, and once a game is retired or breaks, its characters populate Grand Game Central in perpetuity. This means classic characters such as Q*bert haunt the place as cautionary tales for guys like Ralph who are part of the same generation but still collect plenty of quarters, and the stakes for Ralph, Vanellope and Felix all remain high.

With the exception of Tudyk's King Candy, the main characters in “Wreck-It Ralph” strongly resemble their voice talent, especially Silverman's Vanellope. This is not always a plus for computer-animated features, but it works wonders in “Wreck-It Ralph” — these characters feel exceptionally well conceived. The film also benefits from its shifting structure, since moving from game to game ensures that the look and feel of “Wreck-It Ralph” changes each time the characters enter a new console.

Most of all, this funny and imaginative film will speak to several generations of gamers, whether it's parents who poured their allowances into “Defender” and “Pole Position,” kids who connect with Kinect or teenagers fully immersed into “Skyrim.” All in all, “Wreck-It Ralph” racks up points throughout and winds up with a high score.

George Lang


‘Wreck-It Ralph'

PG1:483 ½ stars

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk. (Some rude humor and mild action/violence)

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