Wreck-It Ralph has smashed his way into my heart. I think both non gamers and gamers should watch it. They might find different things to love about this movie. But I think both groups can understand Ralph’s quest to live an authentic life and feel loved.
The movie makes video games fun for non gamers of all ages. Kids who have not played a video game might love the colorful setting and cartoon-like characters. Meanwhile, adults might like that they can watch the movie with their kids. Some of these adults might even explore video games as a new hobby.
At the same time, seasoned gamers will love all the video game references. They’ll see tons of references to games like Call of Duty, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong and more. And classic characters from these games pop up too. In one scene, you’ll see a veritable pantheon of big, bad bosses, like Bowser and Dr. Robotnik, on the screen. If that wasn’t enough, old school gamers might enjoy the movie’s arcade setting and Q-Bert cameo. This movie could be a love letter to gamers.
So gamers and non gamers might like this movie for all kinds of different reasons. Is there anything about it that both of these groups could like?
I think Ralph’s story has timeless themes that can appeal to both groups. I’m talking about making friends and the struggle to be authentic when it seems like you don’t fit in. Many people can relate to these themes and may have experienced them.
So I recommend Wreck-It Ralph. Then, if you haven’t already, go give video games a chance. You might find they have some themes that resonate with you too.