MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
Photo By Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Rich Moore. Animated Feature.
What do video game characters do once the arcade closes down? Well, if we are to believe Wreck-It Ralph, they travel along power lines to meet up in Game Central Station and spend their evenings together. During the day, Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the bad guy in the Fix-It Felix Jr. game. His job is to smash the windows of high rise apartments; Felix (Jack McBrayer) then comes along with his hammer and mends things. Felix enjoys nights out with the grateful apartment dwellers, while Ralph goes off to the junkyard to sleep on a pile of bricks. Fortunately, there is a 12-Step Group for Bad Guys where Ralph can commiserate with the Pac Man ghosts, Bowser the dragon, and the occasional zombie. Like Jessica Rabbit once said: “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Without villains and monsters, there would be no heroes.
But Ralph wants to be a good guy. He decides to visit another game – the first person shooter Hero’s Duty – and win a medal. But this kind of behavior – referred to as “going Turbo” – is not encouraged in the videogame universe. Everyone knows that if you “die” in your own game, you’ll come back to life; if you die in someone else’s game, you really die.
Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Ralph will need to visit other worlds before coming to a place of peace within himself. His journey will take him to Tour of Duty and beyond. Along the way, he will befriend the plucky Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and join forces with Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch). Even Felix may come to his assistance, given half a chance.
The trailer for Wreck-It Ralph wasn’t very interesting, but it was the rare preview that took care not to give away most of the cleverness of the plot. The movie is fast moving, filled with puns, inside jokes, and even a satirical barb or two. And it is truly family friendly. Even with a monster or two on screen, there is nothing that should frighten most kids.
Wreck-It Ralph is one of the surprises of the fall movie season, with a great plot, dazzling visuals, and characters who are trying to do the right thing. I’m ready to grab a handful of quarters and watch it again.
Four halos: An amusing movie about self-image that is also a clever and very funny film for the entire family.
One pitchfork: How much poopie pants banter can you stand? There’s quite a lot in this movie, which should entertain your six-year olds but become a problem on the car ride home. There are scenes of partying and much consumption of root beer.
Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
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