Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"My Q-Bertese Is A Little Rusty."

It's been a while since I've laughed this much in a movie theatre. And not just the "haha, everyone around me is laughing so I guess I'll snicker" laugh. A genuine, unflattering bark of a laugh. In a place a least expected it: a child's animated movie. To be fair, something tells me Wreck-It Ralph isn't exactly targeting kids. It's a movie about video-games for video-game lovers, a nostalgic parody of those old school games we once loved. The plot runs like this: Wreck-It Ralph, a video game villain, wants more out of life and starts jumping games to try to win a medal and come back a hero. 

And if you didn't spent the better half of your childhood with a gameboy in hand, don't sweat it--neither did I. Yet I still managed to get most of the references and understood the humor. At the end of the day, it's just a well written, solid script, which seems to be a rarity these days. The characters were great, lovable; the writing was interesting and didn't talk down to its audience; and it was just straight-up fun. Of course, I have to namedrop: we've got a lot of great voice actors in this one. John C. Reilly is Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Siliverman is the not-so-sweet Vanellope, Jack McBrayer is hilarious as Felix, Jane Lynch is flawless as Calhoun, and Alan Tudyk--yes, Alan Tudyk--makes an appearance as King Candy, though it's near impossible to recognize his voice. In short, I know it's easy to chalk this one up as a "maybe I'll see it, maybe not," but I'm here to tell you the answer is yes. You want to check this one out, if only for nostalgic value. 


  1. I'm so in for this - can't wait.

    One of the reasons that Pixar films are so good, they simply can't rush. It takes so long to deliver the quality of animation they produce, the script has to be perfect. Well, minus Cars 2. Somebody stab me in the eye with a rusty tow hook.

    1. Yeees! I can't wait to read your response!

      I'm with you about Pixar, they're usually pretty solid. I have yet to see Cars 2 and I don't intend to. Rusty tow hooks in the eye are generally things I try to avoid.

  2. Good review M. This flick is a whole lot of fun and even if it is mostly based on nostalgia, well then it's still good nostalgia none the less.

  3. I'm super-glad to see you're still kicking it! Are you okay after the megastorm?

  4. Great review! I'm hoping to take the nephew to see this very soon. I'm in love with the concept and yes, I played all those games as a kid. LOL

  5. You're kinda getting hammered with spam here, love. Come back! Come the f--k back!

  6. Thx for this review! Now I have to watch it to find out why my four year old grandson thought is was too scary. As in terrifying. I love Pixar!!