Ralph is the bad – but misunderstood – guy from Fix It Felix Jr, an arcade game from the 80s. When he realizes how lonely he is, he sets out to prove himself and in the process learns to accept himself and gain friends along the way.
Where: Own (but it’s on Starz)
Find it on Amazon, here.
Release Type: Theatrical
+5 for John C. Reilly’s Ralph. His voice is one part affable, one part goof, and one part eager. It makes for an ideal combination in seeing Ralph, not as an anti-hero or villian, but as someone who is completely misunderstood.
+2 for Sarah Silverman’s Venolope. I am not a fan of Silverman, but I’d never know it was her voice. She convincingly voices a small child.
+3 for Jane Lynch as Calhoun. Her dry humor was perfect as a no-nonsense military leader. She’s one dynamite gal!
Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):
+20 for video game retro. It cracks me up just how many video game properties they managed to represent in the movie. So many cameos from Sonic and Doctor Eggman to Chun Li, many of which are blink and you miss them. In fact, this is the 3rd time I’ve seen the movie and I only noticed a few this time around.
+5 for a fantastic sound track. Although, was Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive” really appropriate for a children’s movie?
+20 for the art/direction. It’s subtle at times, but the design that went behind the movement of different characters; depending on whether they were 8-bit characters that would jerk as they move or modern day video game characters that were almost human like. The care that went behind each of these characters was seriously impressive.
+10 for hilarious writing. I’m a full fledged adult and I laugh my way through this movie.
+4 for family friendliness. There’s a few attitudes that some parents may find objectionable.
+5 for watching again (I mean, I bought it, so yeah…)
+1 for the quote, “….children of the candy corn.”
+1 for the Darth Vader mimicry.
+1 for “Oreo. Oreeeeeooo.”
+1 1 for the quote, “Behind you. In front of you.”
+1 for the quote, “This place is starting to get interesting.”
+1 for the quote, “Welcome to the boss level.”
+1 for the movie intro. I thought something was wrong with my internet connection until I realized they’d intentionally designed it to look and sound in 8 bit.
+5 for the end credits. A lot of creativity (and geekiness!) went behind those credit sequences.
Total Score: 86