“I’m bad, and that’s good. I’ll never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.” - Wreck-It-Ralph
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Wreck-It-Ralph is a Disney movie, but ever since the Pixar folks were made in charge of all Disney animation, this latest has all the trademarks of great Pixar films. It has unexpected depth that will engage adults as it engages the kids with its cute characters and colorful world.
It’s amazing how the most colorful of media (computer games) actually contains the most black-and-white of characters (good versus bad). Wreck-It-Ralph is about a bad guy who wants to be good, and it’s an anti-hero movie flipped over its head. What makes it more fascinating is that Ralph purposely wants to be good. And it’s a breath of fresh cinematic air when he realizes that the road to good intentions can be littered with actions that are more than 50 shades of gray.
One of my main pet peeves with movies these days are their predictability, but Wreck-It-Ralph is that rare Hollywood movie that surprised and amazed me. It even managed to blindside me with the identity of the main antagonist. It shows how characters are not entirely all good or all bad, and that “good” and “bad” may not necessarily be traits but just roles that one can play. For an animation movie that’s usually aimed at kids, that’s not bad.