TV & FILM
bill-swift - September 13, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph answers that immortal question you've been asking since childhood: When arcade games end, do the characters inside have their own lives that they continue living like real people? And the answer is of course not, you idiot. But that doesn't mean it's not a clever idea for a movie.
Imagine if every 8-bit boss you ever defeated after a marathon session of playing arcade games and sucking down Jolt Cola like it was mother's milk actually had feelings? Kind of makes you think, doesn't it? The movie looks like one big 'It Gets Better' campaign targeted at video game villains.
Wreck-It Ralph is the villain of the arcade video game Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's eponymous hero fixes a building that Ralph destroys. For over 30 years, Ralph has been doing the same job and has become tired of being the bad guy. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game through the power cord and lands in Hero's Duty, a light-gun shooter, where he helps the game's hero, Sergeant Calhoun, battle against "Cy-Bugs", the game's alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies, and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the game's characters, who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.
Wreck-It Ralph opens November 2nd.
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