Wreck It Ralph (John C Reilly) is your everyday Joe with everyday problems. He wants more from his job and his life in general. Ralph just happens to be the titular bad guy in the cult Donkey Kong clone, Fix It Felix Jnr. When the arcade closes for the night, Ralph decides to forgo what’s usually expected of him and seek a better life in another game. Along the way, he crosses paths with a computer game glitch, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), who is also trying to find her place in this crazy ol’ virtual world.
With its drum and bass soundtrack, Skrillex cameos, references to the next-gen consoles, Wreck It Ralph is a film that will date very quickly. And that’s about the worse thing we can say about it. With its storyline of games coming to life when the humans are away, this feels like a companion piece to Toy Story. Genuinely, Wreck It Ralph is one of the best Pixar pictures not to come out of Pixar.
The script bubbles with humour that won’t alienate the everyday noob, whilst background jokes will appeal to the most hardcore gamer (Aerith LIVES!!). Whether it’s worthy of an Oscar is debatable. Even with John Lasseter on the production team, it is up against the lush beauty of Pixar’s Brave. However, whatever the outcome, this charming film deserves respect for the time and attention that’s gone into it.