Wreck-It Ralph – A few years ago, in Brooklyn, I attended a delightful theater festival at which classic video games were reinterpreted in the style of various giants of the stage. Donkey Kong became a Tennessee Williams-esque portrait of a brutish husband who works in a barrel factory and always has enough of the things lying around at home to roll them down the stairs at his landlord whenever the rent comes due. Naturally, I’m not expecting anything quite as rich from Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s own sendup of classic arcade scenarios. Yet there’s still something compelling about the conceit of a career villain like Ralph yearning to play the good guy for once. After all the rancor of the election season and the trauma of Sandy, maybe we could look in worse places for a lesson on redemption. Just don’t get any ideas about piloting Canadian aircraft, Ralph. (PG) [youtube 87E6N7ToCxs]
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