Wreck-It Ralph for the win!
***** out of 5
Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
Walt Disney Pictures
Article first published as Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph on Blogcritics.
After he destroys the cake at his game’s 30th anniversary party, Ralph hangs out at Tapper’s trying to find out how he can earn a medal and show everyone in Niceland that he’s more than just the bad guy. At Tapper’s he runs into a soldier from a newly plugged in first person shooter game, Hero’s Duty, who informs Ralph that all they do is destroy Cy-bugs and win medals ad nauseam. Ralph sees his chance for glory and game jumps to win his sought-after medal where he meets Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch). Felix goes looking for Ralph and Q*bert leads him to Duty where he informs Calhoun of Ralph’s antics, but not before he winds up with a face-hugging Cy-bug stowing away with him in an escape pod crash landing in the game Sugar Rush.
The wit behind the movie comes as absolutely no surprise with the crew assembled. Director Rich Moore (who also voices the character of Sour Bill), after cutting his teeth working on such hilarious animated TV fare as The Simpsons, The Critic, Futurama, Drawn Together, and Sit Down Shut Up keeps up a manic spirit and a breakneck pace, only slowing down to make sure everything has enough heart to match the sticky sweets. Meanwhile, the screenplay from Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids) keeps the jokes flying and inject a boundless wit even managing to make such a random joke as diet soda and Mentos as hilarious as possible.
Note: The attached animated short, Paperman, from director John Kahrs and story credits to Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer, just may be the best romantic comedy in years.
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