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Movie Review: Wreck-it Ralph is Retro-Pop Family Fun

The bad guy in an old video game is about to become the good guy in a new movie. It's a wreck the whole family should enjoy.

Movie Review: Wreck-it Ralph is Retro-Pop Family Fun

The bad guy in a low-resolution '80s video game is a reluctant villain who tears down buildings with his sledgehammer fists. He's ready for a change in today's high-resolution world in the 3D movie 'Wreck-it Ralph.'

In order to break out of his bad-guy image, Ralph travels to grand game central, where access to every video game in the world is. If he can win a few levels—who knows?—he may become that good guy he has always wanted to be. The clever writing and character development is met with a solid voiceover cast which includes John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, and Jane Lynch as commander Calhoun. There are dozens of retro games for the grown-ups and a solid storyline for the kids.

In the tradition of 'Toy Story,' this film does a great job of imagining the secret lives of children's playthings. 'Wreck-it Ralph' is clever, action packed, and original…but there are nearly 190 characters in this movie, and that does clutter things up a bit, for my taste. The flick-o-meter gives 'Wreck-it Ralph' a four out of five. The film, like so many other Disney movies, isabout being comfortable being yourself. That's what the three or four main characters try to convey but they all got lost towards the end of movie, competing for screen time with dozens of other throw-back personas.

Did you see 'Wreck-it Ralph'? What did you think? Tell us in the comments.

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