Media Monday: Wreck-it Ralph

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Title: Wreck-it Ralph
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Rich Moore
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Genre: Kids
Summary: [from IMDB]

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

My Review

Now, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for kids movies, if they’re well done. But this one I’d rank among my top ten, easily!

Ralph is a bad guy who is tired of being bad. He goes to bad guy support group and everything (seriously, so many clever things like that in this movie!) So, in order to get the rest of the citizens of his game to like him, he game jumps in an attempt to become a hero. Unfortunately everything goes wrong, and it’s not long before Ralph is convinced he’s to blame.

One of the reasons Wreck-it Ralph works so well is the many layers of story. Each character is well-rounded and has their own back story that really influences who they are. Even some of the side characters whose back-stories are never told are complexly imagined – I wouldn’t be surprised if we see spin-offs or even sequels featuring some of the minor characters.

A nicely layered story also leads to layered messages. All of the characters are flawed somehow which is definitely important. But also, not one of them has the “answer.” All of them have lessons to learn on prejudice, bullying and helpfulness. These lessons are tied together so smoothly that someone not looking might not even notice how good for you this movie is!

Sadly, I don’t remember anything significant enough to comment on about the music (shame on me!) but this is definitely one I’d like to see again and again so maybe next time!

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3 Responses to “Media Monday: Wreck-it Ralph”

  1. I don’t think I’ve even seen a preview for this movie! But everyone seems to be talking about it and loving it. I love a good movie with a message — especially a movie that’s fun to watch!

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