‘It’s perfect, it’s beautiful, and it’s a masterpiece’
When I was walking out of the theater after watching Wreck-It Ralph, I kind of felt awkward strolling past the arcade. The movie did what Toy Story did for me after the first time I watched it: I came to believe something totally ridiculous. Video games can’t have a life of their own when all humans leave; yet, an animated movie has taken a psycho idea and made it believable.
Being a hardcore video gamer, I was honestly very excited to see this movie. The whole concept is brilliant!
Basically, Ralph is a video game bad guy. He’s been doing the same job for thirty years and hasn’t been appreciated for being bad once.
He eventually goes stir crazy and begins to “game jump”, which is when one video game character goes AWOL and enters other video games. The only problem is, Ralph has no idea what he’s doing. One minute, he’s in a violent first person shooter game, and the next he’s in a cutesy kart racer game.
Also, there’s a rule within the arcade: If you die outside of your game, you won’t respawn (Gamer term for “Come back to life”) and will remain dead permanently.
Like I said, I’m a very hardcore video gamer and I really appreciated the fact that Disney did their homework for this movie. Up and down I spotted nostalgic video game characters: Pac Man, Dig Dug, Sonic, Bowser, and even Mario. There were terms like NPC, glitch, FPS, and so on that I was also able to understand.
Man, this movie and the gamer jargon must sound daunting for a bunch of readers.
Don’t worry- Disney understands that some non-gamers will be watching and makes sure they’re not overwhelmed by terms, references, and so on. It just helps when you’re watching and can pick up on the inside jokes.
One thing I’d like to touch upon: This movie is very emotional. The opening for the movie Up didn’t affect me. The movie Bambi never made me cry. Nemo never shook me. I didn’t sob like a baby during the closing scene on Toy Story 3, but man, oh man did Wreck-It Ralph break me (No pun intended).
I wasn’t necessarily in tears, but I was pretty darn close during one scene.
I can’t describe it because the scene is important to the plot. However, it’s brutal, and I had to keep myself from yelling at the screen. No movie has made me do that before. None.
Now, if you’ve been reading my reviews in the past, you know that I give every movie I see amazing praise.
Heck, I gave the movie Furry Vengeance three stars. If anyone did go to see that movie, we all know horrible it was.
If I was reviewing it now, I wouldn’t even give it one star.
Besides that, I give perfect ratings out like candy.
However, I feel that Wreck-It Ralph stands apart from any animated movie I’ve ever seen. It has raw emotion, and very exciting action scenes.
I’m starting to mature and it takes a bit for some adrenaline to push through my veins, but this movie did it flawlessly.
I was on the edge of my seat for an amazing portion of the movie. Literally.
I could go on and on about how perfect this movie is. I loved it. I even Googled a couple of other reviews. IGN.com says that Wreck-It Ralph is “The best video game movie ever!” Fandango gives it a 5/5 rating, and it received a 93% from Rotten Tomatoes.
James Rocchi from MSN Movies says, “’Wreck-It Ralph’ is a serious contender for being the best animated movie of the year.” I couldn’t agree more.
Star chart? Man, I really need to scrap that whole idea. Besides, Wreck-It Ralph would just dominate all the categories with perfect ratings. I totally give this movie a 6/5 rating. I went over the top. I adored this movie.
Bottom line: If you have half-decent taste in anything from movies to books, I personally guarantee you’ll love Wreck-It Ralph. It’s perfect, it’s beautiful, and it’s a masterpiece. It’s so nice to see Disney finally making another great movie.
I hope and pray that this movie shall dance on the same shelf as Bambi, Finding Nemo, and the Lion King.
Now, I hope that anyone reading this will get up and go see Wreck-It Ralph as soon as possible. Trust me, it’s worth every quarter for admission.
And a movie about video games wouldn’t be complete without a small video game review now, would it? This week’s game is Super Mario 3D Land. I hear this game is getting amazing scores everywhere, but it never did much for me. The 3D effect on the 3DS’s screen looks great and adds to the game, but I felt it was too short and rather uninspired. I can’t tell if I’m just being a troll (Another video game term) or not, because I seem to be the only person who believes this game isn’t perfect! I give it 3.5/5.
Finally, if you have any movie suggestions, comments, or just want to tell me about the time your cat gave birth to forty kittens and one of them had seven eyes, I’m all ears! Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please- my inbox is getting dark. I even see a few cobwebs in the corner.