Directed by: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer
I had reservations about this movie because it seemed like it was just repackaging the same boring kids movie cliches under the veneer of nostalgia aimed at my generation in an effort to seem more “hip” than it really is. Turns out I was right, just like always! Woo! Go pessimism!!
Wreck-It Ralph is a bad guy from an 80’s arcade game who’s tired of living in garbage and being treated like a bad guy by the other people in the video game (when people aren’t looking, the video game characters are real people, of course). He’s told that if he gets a medal for being a hero, they’ll let him into their fancy parties, so he goes and wins one in a space marine game fighting space bugs. He accidentally loses it in a candy-themed racing game, and befriends a glitching little girl racer to try and get it back.
John C. Reilly surprises me yet again by… being in a movie. He does a very competent job as a main character without any sort of interesting personality, though, so I guess that’s good. Sarah Silverman also turns in her normal performance as an obnoxious shrieking harpie, only it’s worse because she’s also a little kid. There are cameos from famous video game characters like Q*Bert and that Russian guy from Street Fighter which are sure to enthrall manchildren, and plenty of bright flashing lights and people being punched in the face to entertain the actual children.