Last night, the children and I went to a preview screening of Disney’s latest film, Wreck-It-Ralph. If you haven’t seen any trailers yet, the film is about Ralph the arcade game bad guy who wrecks buildings which are then fixed by hero Fix-It Felix Jr. However, Ralph is fed-up being the bad guy. Fix-It Felix gets treated like a hero while Ralph sleeps on the dump. When Ralph realises he hasn’t been invited to the game’s 30th anniversary at Fit-It Felix’s penthouse suite, he gate-crashes the party, subsequently wrecking it! All he wants is a medal like the one that the building’s tenants gave to hero Felix. Fed-up being lonely, he leaves the game and begins his adventurous quest for a medal in the other arcade games.
Along the way, Ralph runs into Jane Lynch’s character, Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, who is a bit of a stereotype but manages to provide some decent adult humour. The cuteness factor is brought to us by Sarah Silverman’s character, Vanellope von Schweetz. Together, Ralph and Venellope learn that the best thing you can be is yourself.
All in all, it’s a film definitely worth watching. There’s more than enough humour for the adults and there’s lots of fun to be had noticing and recognising all the arcade game characters and different types of candy in the film. Your kids will enjoy all the video game features of the film and the mentions of characters from today’s games! The plot line is a little predictable at the end, but it’s Disney so you have to expect that. We saw it in 3D and I felt a little nauseous in some parts, but that could be more to do with my age and the popcorn and nachos I ate, than anything else.
Wreck-It Ralph is set for release on November 2, 2012. Kids who love video games will love this film.
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