Wreck-it Ralph, directed by Rich Moore, and starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sara Silverman, and Jane Lynch is a video game adventure packed full of nostalgic moments and visually stunning graphics.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty. But it's the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late?
As you can gather from the movie trailer, Wreck-it Ralph is based on the premise of a game villain wanting to be the good guy for a change. After 30 years of being the bad dude that every one hates he sets out to win his own medal of valor and find his place among the champions. But no hero's journey is ever easy, and Ralph soon realizes all the various challenges that lay ahead. John C. Reilly really helped bring his character to life with his pretty amazing voice acting. From tender to beastly, Reilly hit all the marks when needed.
So many aspects of this film really spoke to me, ranging from the old school games to the characters themselves walking around game land and throwing back a few cold ones at the local tavern. But at the top of the list would be the almost lifelike quality each character had to its voice actor. Jane Lynch had maybe the funniest character of them all as Sergeant Calhoun! Wait 'till you hear about her backstory, had me laughing so hard my tummy hurt.
Wreck-it Ralph is going to entertain you while at the same time getting across the message to both young and old that it's always important to know who you are. More then anything else, don't stop trying and always help when you can. It's a good life lesson but one that comes coated in sugar goodness! If you're not craving a sugar sweet by the end of the film you better check your pulse!
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