Family Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.
Here’s a bold prediction: Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph will be the biggest video game movie of all time. The reason I’m able to go out on a limb is because the limb is attached to a tree trunk in the forest of felled video game adaptations.
Movies based on video games are generally a FAIL (cue the sound of Pac-Man dying). Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Max Payne and Doom prove the near impossibility of re-creating the exhilarating gaming experience as a passive viewing activity. Even the rare video game adaptations that muster financial success, like the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil franchises, are not what most folks would consider "good."
Leave it to Disney to apply its own successful movie model to make the video game movie work. In movies like Toy Story and Enchanted the audience meets new characters that live within a world from our childhood (toys, princess movies) that've been humanized and given new stories. Same goes with Wreck-It Ralph, which while technically not based on any real '80s video game, brings familiar arcade icons to life (there's unemployed Q*Bert, Clyde the misunderstood Pac-Man ghost) and introduces new ones – the result comes across new and familiar at the same time. It creates a warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling while also making the viewer feel sharp and in on the joke. The result is a film both parents and kids will think is tailor-made for their own memories.
Here are three more films you may want to see with your family this weekend:
Chasing Mavericks. If you need a breather from Halloween and animated movies, this film is a positive example of applying hard work to achieve a goal.
Hotel Transylvania. A fun monster movie that just might make your kids understand parents a little bit more.
Fun Size. Truth: I grimaced in discomfort at how much my tween daughter enjoyed this inappropriate film from a kids TV network. Pay attention to the PG-13 label, not the Nickelodeon one.
Find out if your kids will enjoy the movie by going to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.
Can't wait to see it Sunday
You seeing it Sunday? I'm going to try to see it tomorrow night.
Some of my cousins I'm going have plans for the rest of the weekend
Me too! I'm seeing it later tomorrow because the 3D showing is at 8:30.
Thanks, I wanted to see it in the XD but Flight was showing in XD instead.
Guess were both suckers
And what makes you think that this time matt
The fact that you said OK and I can't see Wreck It Ralph in XD
I'm seeing it in Disney Digital 3D instead
I'm seeing it in Real D 3D
Actually i'm a sucker, on the ticket it said (Disney) Digital 3D showing instead. My bad, but I saw Tangled in Disney Digital 3D and it had great 3D so this should be the same
Well see this weekend
Thank you mr movie rater and this might be Disney's best in a while I'm hoping
I hope fandad, but Tangled was pretty darn good.
Yeah but the muppets was semi great
Muppets don't count, it had to be a animated Disney movie
Never mind matt it's just the climax of Tangled nearly loused things up big but the end saved the show and i knew ahead of time it was going to end happily
Of course, its like a fairy tale.
but for fanboys like us too it was not great but atleast they are getting back on their feet. I just hope nothing screws up Wreck it Ralph matt
Wreck It Ralph is a guys movie, Tangled is like an everyone type of movie.
Well see today when this new Disney effort dazzles us
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