By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Thirty years on the job could grind anyone down. It doesn’t help that Ralph (John C. Reilly) has to be the bad guy.
The new Disney animated film “Wreck-It Ralph” is set in a universe where video game characters come to life after the arcade closes. The characters in the “Fix-It Felix Jr.” game gather for a 30th anniversary party, but they neglect to invite Ralph to the event.
He decides he needs to go out and earn a medal the way his nemesis, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), does in the game. With a medal, Ralph assumes, the other characters will treat him better.
He leaves his video game and joins another, where he meets tough-as-nails Calhoun (Jane Lynch), the commander in a high-intensity first-person shooter. Before long, Ralph has created enough chaos to threaten the existence of the “Fix-It Felix Jr.” game and a whole lot more. Calhoun and Felix team up to track Ralph.
Our bad guy/hero is ignorant of the growing troubles behind him when he meets Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), a “glitch” in a racing game who isn’t allowed to race. Can Ralph forget about what he wants long enough to become a real hero for this little girl?
The animation is fun, and I enjoyed seeing references to old games like “Q*bert,” “Pac-Man” and “Tapper.” The story’s predictable in some ways, but it also had its surprises. My kids loved the whole thing, including numerous jokes that were definitely aimed more at young viewers than adults.
There was a stretch of time when I was checking my watch and wondering when we would get back to the good stuff, so I have to deduct points for that. But the story definitely picked up for the climax, and I twisted in my seat during pivotal scenes.
My kids both agreed that “Wreck-It Ralph” deserves a “solid A.” I wasn’t quite as impressed as they were.
It’s not a must-see movie for adults unless you have exceedingly fond memories of old-style arcade games. But I think the filmmakers created something kids will eat up like candy.
I give “Wreck-It Ralph” a solid B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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“Roadkill” Bill Wizard 106.7: He gives “Wreck-It Ralph” an A. “I love this movie. Disney hit another home run.”