When an old fashion arcade closes at night, characters within arcade games move about on their own. One famous game in the arcade “Fix-It Felix” features Felix who fixes the building the Ralph breaks in every level in the game. One night, Ralph decides that he does not want to be the bad guy anymore & wants to be the hero, so he can win a medal. Other characters tell him that he cannot escape the way he was programed, but that does not stop him from trying. He breaks the rules by hopping over to other games, such as Hero’s Duty (a first-person shooter) and Sugar Rush (a racing game), then faces the consequences.
A crowd of kids break open the doors to their local arcade and to play their favorite games all day. A young girl plays “Fix-It Felix” and Felix and Ralph get into their positions. After the game finishes, Felix and the other characters in the game have an anniversary party leaving Ralph without an invitation. Ralph crashes the party and argues that his role is just as crucial as Felix’s. He then visits other bad guys in the arcade through a surge arrest outlet and admits that he does not want to be a bad guy anymore. He escapes “Fix-It Felix” and tries to play other games to prove that he can be a hero, too. Ralph, not being careful, brings a bug from Hero’s Duty, a shooter, to Sugar Rush, a racing game, to grow into something insidious. Many characters and their games suffer as Ralph’s actions could cause their game to be unplugged forever.
The story in this movie fun to engage in. It has cameos of famous video-game characters and nostalgia to arcade games in the past as well as modernized games we see now. The imagination of going behind the scenes with video-game characters and find out what they do when no one is playing them is a great idea. It is well executed with visualizing a surge arrest outlet as “Game Central Station,” a point where characters travel to and from other games during closed hours, the games memory with wires instead of computer chips and circuits. The writers did well with planting information in the beginning of the movie and paying off at the end to satisfy the audience.
The movie gives a moral message to its audience, especially children. (Spoiler Alert) We learn that Ralph wants to change who he is and be like someone else. At the end of the movie, he realizes that he cannot change who he is and accepts the way he was made; also, other characters realize that they need Ralph for the game to continue its life. It is important to love yourself and not change who you are to get accepted & those who do not accept you are the ones who will suffer from it. This is a great example of a movie that teaches kids about diversity, equality & acceptance. There needs to be more movies about equality, diversity & acceptance like Wreck-It Ralph in the near future because it has a lesson many need to learn.
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Starring: The Voices of John C. Reilly, John McBrayer & Jane Lynch
Director: Rich Moore
Audience: Children & Family
Runtime: 101 minutes
Official Website: www.Movies.Disney.com/Wreck-It-Ralph
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB: @Wreck-It Ralph
Wiki: @Wreck-It Ralph
Alan Santellanes | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | Cal State University, LA
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