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Wreck-It Ralph: Cinema review

 

You got to hand it to John C. Reilly. He plays a pretty good video game character. Always a card in the characters he plays on the big screen, Reilly steps in to “voice” mode in Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and plays the part perfectly.

Reilly is the voice of the main character, Ralph, an old-school video game bruiser who grows tired of being “the bad guy,” and wants a change — he wants to be the “good guy” for once. The only way he knows how to do that is to earn a “good guy medal,” which he believes will prove to his “Wreck-It Ralph” video game peers that he’s not such a bad guy after all.

Together with comedian Sarah Silverman, who is the voice of the rascally and glitchy cart race kid Vanellope von Schweetz, and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer, who’s the voice of Fix-it Felix Jr., this 3-D movie is witty — even scoring some adult humor — action-packed and, to me, never lagging.

What I was impressed with the most was while I was watching the movie, I never noticed how many children were in the theater and all of them were well behaved. Usually, when you have that many children in once place, having to sit for an extended period of time, some get antsy and fidgety and, of course, noisy. But this movie seemed to capture their attention through the duration. So much so, that I didn’t hear a peep from anyone and they all looked pretty happy once the lights came back on.

Each of the movie’s main characters — including Glee’s spitfire coach Jane Lynch, who plays the voice of Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun — has a certain physical resemblance to their movie star, which helps adults get into the movie a little more, as well.

But what many non-child-tugging adults wanted to see from this movie was the many classic video game characters they grew up loving through game play. From Q*Bert to Pac-Man to Street Fighters, many characters make a cameo in this movie, mostly when Ralph visits the Game Central Station, but the scene where Ralph attends a “Bad Guy” therapy session is pretty hilarious, too. I love zombies, so, as expected, the zombie in this scene was my favorite.

Overall, this movie was pretty solid. Many funny parts and great one-liners throughout its entirety that even gets adults laughing. The 3-D effects were great, as well.

Reviewed by Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" on 08 November 2012

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