Director: Rich Moore
Original Release: 2012
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Wreck-It Ralph is a strong nostalgic tug for those of us who grew up in the golden age of the video game arcade, imagining a life after-hours for the characters in the games. The title character is the bad guy in a Donkey Kong-like game. His desires for greater love and respect lead him on misadventures to the other game cabinets.
The story is set in the present day, allowing video games of all eras to be represented. The obvious choices like Pac-Man and Frogger are referenced from the '80s. From later decades, there are cameos by characters from Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Dance Dance Revolution and on and on. There's even a glimpse of Pong.
Still jonesing for more retro gaming discussion? My blogger pal Suze had a fun post about Galaga this past week.
- If anything, I was eager for stronger nostalgic tugs. They could have done more with the music, for instance. Only one '80s song was featured in the soundtrack: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. is featured in the trailer but not the movie. Why not some old techno? "Pac-Man Fever," even just a little snippet of it, seems an obvious choice - but alas, no.
- Our Girl seemed to enjoy it but I think My Wife and I got a lot more of the jokes. There is talk of a sequel. Perhaps by then, they'll work in some Angry Birds jokes for her cohort.
- If you're looking for a movie to help you reconnect with your '80s arcade rat self, a far better film is The King of Kong - a very enjoyable documentary, not as kid-friendly, though.
My Rating System:
5 = The best of the best. These are the films by which I judge other films.
4 = High quality films which I feel could hold up well in repeated viewings.
3 = The vast majority of films. They're fine. Once was enough.
2 = I wasn't even sure I wanted to finish it. It's not a 1 because I'm not prepared to say it's a terrible film - just not my cup of tea.
1 = A terrible film. An insult to the art form.