Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner

Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner

Time for another Tween Us family movie review!  Disney released "Wreck-It Ralph" this weekend and the movie grossed $49.1 million in ticket sales to become the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history.

Ralph is the bad guy in a video game called "Fix-It Felix." Ralph wrecks things that Fix-It Felix repairs for medals, and Ralph has to sleep at the dump.  Ralph decided he's tired of wrecking things and the poor treatment and decides he's going to earn a coveted medal.  The movie features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.

I was fortunate enough to have a weekend with grad school girlfriends out of state, and my tween and her bonus dad spent part of their time checking out "Wreck-It Ralph." Here's what they thought of the movie:

Tween Review: I give this movie an 8.5 out of a possible 10. I almost really loved this movie. It was very funny and I laughed a lot, but there were two or three parts that were sad.  It sucked me in and I was wondering what would happen next.  Somethings that happened were unexpected and that was good. The characters were likable - my favorite was Vanellope. She was very, very funny.

It was very colorful and you felt like you were in the video games.  That made it fun to watch. I think one of the lessons it tried to teach is that you should persevere for what you want.

I like this half a point better than Hotel Transylvania. Both were good and funny, but this was a little funnier and I'd say that the animation was better. I'd like to see it again.

Tween Bonus Dad Review: Wreck-It Ralph is around a 5 or a 6 o a scale of 10.  It's not hilarious, and it's not awesome, but I don't think it's bad.  Sarah Silverman is hilarious and she's the best part.  Jane Lynch is good, but  the backstory on her character is sad.  Her husband was killed on their wedding day. She's hypervigilant as a result because of the tragedy that befell her on the one day she was not. Parts of it were confusing, and I'm not sure our tween understood everything. There's some nice interaction between Ralph and the heroine princess.

I enjoyed the Qbert appearance and the PacMan ghost leading a bad guys' anonymous meeting, but I didn't know a lot of the 80s video game references due to a lack of arcade time a few decades ago.  Those who are more familiar will probably get more out of it. One of the lessons in the movie is to be comfortable with who you are.

Did you see "Wreck-It Ralph"?  What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

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