Movie review: Wreck-It Ralph

By Columbus Alive
From the November 1, 2012 edition

For a generation raised on video games, old-school games are like old friends.

Disney’s new computer-animated offering taps into the warm well of recent nostalgia. “Wreck-It Ralph” is the “Toy Story” of video game characters.

OK, it’s not quite Pixar-good, but it’s a fun ride for both the nostalgic and the kiddies.

Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the villain in a classic arcade game. An enraged Ralph trashes a building, and the heroic Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) builds it back up.

But the sweet Ralph doesn’t want to be a villain any more. He branches out to other games — via the interconnected world of the arcade — with mixed results.

“Ralph” is a bit derivative of Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.” And though not quite on that level, the fun treatment of video game life hits most of the right notes.

There’s visual pop, of course, and some fun cameos from old-school video game characters.

The story isn’t quite transcendent, but the voice casting is perfect, particularly Sarah Silverman as an eager misfit in a racing game (think: Mario Kart).

It’s a perfectly fun ride worth putting your quarters into.