“Wreck-it Ralph,” a computer-animated adventure film directed by Rich Moore, is an intriguing, loving film, with engaging characters, suspenseful conflicts and an arcade-inspired music score.
Moore, who co-wrote the story with Phil Johnston and Jim Reardon, brought two important lessons to “Wreck-it Ralph”— the process of self-discovery and the importance of friendship.
Not satisfied with staying the villain in “Fix-it Felix Jr.,” Ralph (John C. Reilly) takes matters into his own hands and journeys through various generations and genres of games to prove to himself and others that he can be the good guy.
What makes the film more interesting is that it is geared toward children and older generations. Although a kid-friendly genre, the film has a few moments of intense action, violence and suspense that will surprise adults.
Another appeal to the older generation is its obvious references to popular franchises such as “Super Mario Brothers,” “Sonic” and “Call of Duty.”
The writers were able to take these popular characters and build a whole different personality for themselves in lieu of those portrayed in the video games.
Despite these cameos, very little interaction occurs between the famous characters and Ralph, something that trailers emphasized but was not in the movie.
Original characters of the film resembled the tone of their game. For example, Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) demonstrates the serious, strong and military genre of her native game “Hero’s Duty,” which pays homage to the game franchise “Call of Duty.”
Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), who becomes as Ralph’s companion, hailed from the “Candyland”-infused game “Sugar Rush,” has the personality of a bratty ten-year-old. All of the characters in the film were continually animated, fun and witty.
This film is slightly different from other Disney films because of its multi-conflict storyline.
About three or four conflicts simultaneously occur that could distract the audience from the central storyline.
The endless activity and movement prevent the film from becoming boring and dry.
With each ensuing conflict, a booming dubstep or arcade-esque catchy tune was integrated to emphasize the conflicts presented in the film.
The score in the film, is generally centered on the arcade environment that blends in with the storyline as well as the background.
Composer Henry Jackman also provided a fun and appealing music score for the film with an appropriately vintage arcade theme, which matches the video game cameo environment.
Artists such as Rihanna, Skrillex, Owl City and the Japanese girl group AKB48 featured their original songs for the soundtrack in line with the arcade-inspired ambiance.
It was apparent that the composer was also not afraid to use older songs for the film, such as “Shut up and Drive” by pop singer Rihanna.
Although the film does not tug on the heartstrings as “Toy Story 3” did, it still brings excitement to children and tears to the older generation.
Moviegoers will delight in these digital misfits finding their place in the game world.