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I recently bought this movie (well, my mom did) and sat down to watch it after hearing how good it was. Let me tell you, this movie IMMEDIATELY took precedence on my to-review list. So much that I just had to do it NOW, before everything else I've been planning. Usually I start with the bad stuff and go into the good, but... I'm gonna have to start off with the good stuff.
The main hero in this movie, or rather, villain, is Wreck-It Ralph (voiced AMAZINGLY by John C. Reilly), in case you didn't know. The movie opens up on him talking about how boring and pointless his life felt, and how he wanted to win medals and get patted on the back like the hero from his game, Fix-It Felix Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer). Because of this, you get a good feeling of how he feels in his day-to-day life. After he gets done doing this, let's just say some things happen and he runs off to try and win a medal.
This opens up to the movie's main problem: he runs into a game called Hero's Duty, in hopes of winning a medal by climbing a building (AND FIGHTING BUGS!). This is where you meet Captain Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch). After nearly dying and getting eaten, Ralph decides he would take matters into his own giant hands and scale the building while nothing was going on (after the game ended). He climbs the building, breaks through a wall, and gets his medal. Unfortunately, in the process, he breaks a Cybug egg, which awakens the Cybug inside, and hilarity in general ensues. He ends up activating an emergency shuttle back to Game Central Station (which I suppose you could call the central hub for all the game characters to go to), bounces around in there, and enters a game called Sugar Rush on accident.
Ralph escapes the pod, but loses his medal at the top of a candy cane tree in the process, and has to go and get it. This is where he runs into Vanellope Von Schweetz (voiced to perfection by Sarah Silverman), a glitch that takes his medal and uses it to buy herself a ticket into the race to decide who will be selectable by human players in the arcade tomorrow. Sugar Rush is where most of the movie takes place afterwards, with Calhoun trying to find the Cybug, Felix trying to find Ralph, and Ralph trying to help Vanellope win her race.
I'll save the rest of the movie for you people to actually WATCH.
Now to talk about the movie. Like I said, I have to start with the good stuff. Well, the plot is fantastic, and the dialogue from Ralph at the beginning really makes you feel for him. You start off with some unexplained stuff, but they are explained throughout the movie, so you're not left with any questions afterwards.
Now as for the setting, there are four different places that are visited, albeit some very shortly: Ralph and Felix's game, Fix-It Felix Jr., Calhoun's game, Hero's Duty, Game Central Station, and Vanellope's game, Sugar Rush. Like I said, some aren't exactly frequented, but every place has it's own significant impact on the story. Every place was very well designed, and had it's own unique feel to it, as arcade games do.
Now as for how the plot is executed... there really is no word to do it justice. Perfectly? Flawlessly? Those don't even come close to describing it. Even small details that seem unimportant have significant value later in the story; for instance, Ralph at one point trips over Q*bert on his way to Hero's Duty. At first this seems solely for comedic value, until Q*bert heads over to Fix-It Felix Jr. to tell Felix that he saw Ralph game jump into Hero's Duty. Things like that. I haven't seen such amazing execution of a plot since I read Death Note... which in case you haven't read Death Note, is also done in such a way.
As for as far as characters go, lemme tell you, this is also done perfectly. Each character has a very defined, unique personality, with backstories that you wouldn't have expected so as to deepen your understanding of them. For instance, while she just seems like a cutesy little girl, Vanellope has one terrible life, but I'll let you guys figure that out by, oh yeah, watching the movie.
Finally, just the way the movie looks and feels overall. While it's not necessarily got stellar, for-the-ages graphics, Wreck-It Ralph looks and sounds just fantastic. The voices are done so well that they feel completely believable at times, and the attention to super small details is just incredible.
Now remember how I said I had to start with the good stuff? That's because I have NOTHING bad to say about this movie. There's nothing I can even NITPICK at, it's just so perfect. This is easily my favorite movie of all time, and for very good reason, in fact. I give this movie a 10/10. If you haven't seen this yet, shame on you. It may seem a tad expensive, but trust me, it's really a bargain. There's no reason you shouldn't like this movie, whether or not you're a gamer or get all the references. If the trailer put you off because you thought they focused too much on humor, don't even listen to it; it's a humorous movie, but it doesn't try too hard the entire time, and the humor comes pretty naturally and at appropriate times. The trailer didn't exactly make ME psyched, and look at, look at the score I gave it. Yeah. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you MUST. It'll be completely worth it.
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