There ‘s a plethora of reasons to love WRECK-IT RALPH, of course–too many to mention here. But in the course of talking to my friends and family, I’ve narrowed my intense devotion to it down to two main reasons:
The movie is bigger than my imagination.
Any number of fantasy movies out there promise to show you exciting worlds. Too many of them fall short, causing you to walk out of the movies thinking, “That was cool, but there was something missing. Why didn’t they do…?”
RALPH makes good on the promise. After the second viewing, I though to myself, “There is nothing I would add to this movie. I can’t imagine anything that would make it better.”
Simply said, every possibility is explored to the fullest. You’re watching, and in your hindbrain somewhere, it says, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” And then…IT HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE. It’s not just in the jokes–the mechanics of the worlds lock together perfectly to support the character journeys.
Which brings me to my second reason why I loved WRECK-IT RALPH so much:
RALPH explores the struggles you can encounter while you’re learning to accept your native abilities.
In writing SCVK, I’ve realized this is a theme I feel strongly about. So many movies say, “If you follow your heart and believe in yourself, things will work out.”
I believe this is true, but a lot of movies gloss over the fact that sometimes it is really hard to be true to yourself. It’s easier to look over at someone else and say, “I wish I could be like her, I wish I were funny like him.” You can waste a lot of time doing this (even your whole life!). Claiming your gifts is a tough deal sometimes!
In RALPH each character either was doing, or wanted to do, the very thing they were designed to do! Felix fixed, Calhoun commanded.
Ralph wrecked, but people looked down on him for doing what he was designed to do, and that caused him a lot of heartache. Vanellope wanted to race, but was being shut out because she wasn’t like the others. So much of the story comes out of these characters trying to do what they were meant to do, and feel good about it. That resonated with me.
Between this and Paperman, Disney is starting to feel more like the king of family films again, rather than the lazy emperor of entertainment. I hope the keep it up!