On The Edge Films

Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds

Wreck- It Ralph

2012/ USA

Director: Rich Moore

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

As we have all believed as children, and still have that inkling feeling today when we see a shift of unexplainable movement out of the corner of our eyes, when we are not around a whole other world comes alive. Set in a video game arcade when the coast is clear these characters have another life off screen, and this film offers us a view through the thick glass window into their world.

Wreck-It Ralph, (John C. Reilly) or Ralph for short is the villain in arcade game called Fix-It Felix Jr, and after 30 years of playing the bad guy he’s tired of pretending to be someone he’s not. The other characters in the game see him as nothing but a big baddie and the only way he thinks he can change their perceptions is by bringing home a heroes medal.

Ralph abandons his game much to the surprise of its residents, and when the game is deemed “Out Of Order” by the arcade owner, Fix-It Felix Jr (Jack McBrayer) goes after Ralph who has already wreaked havoc in Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun’s (Jane Lynch) game Hero’s Duty and may wreck things beyond fixing in Sugar Rush. Unaware of the wreckage he has left in his wake Ralph befriends a glitch in the Sugar Rush game Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) who strike a deal to get both of them what they want.

If you are fortunate enough to immediately recognise the voice actors then its astonishing how much like their characters they look, which adds another layer of humour to Wreck-It Ralph.

The excitement behind video arcade games is something that a lot of people won’t ever relish, being born in the age of PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Wii, but for those us who are a little older and appreciate characters such as Sonic’s Doctor Eggman, Streetfighters Zangief, Paperboy and Tappers to name but a few, this movie feels somewhat nostalgic.

“I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me”- Wreck-It Ralph.


-Jen Francis


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