The first Wreck-It Ralph was a hilarious and memorable movie. Seeing all these classic 80’s arcade characters, was a joy to the eyes. For me, that was its strongest selling point. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the internet, looks to expand its region by taking our titled character and his lovable small friend to the never reaching world wide web. I felt this would allow for plenty more funny moments and although I did get that, they were all pretty forgettable. An hour after seeing the movie, I found myself trying to remember what moments made me laugh and I could only think of four. That’s how forgettable the movie felt to me.
Taking place six years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.
Going to the internet does allow Wreck-It Ralph 2 to have some of the funniest moments I’ve seen from Disney in a while. I never expected to see one of the seven dwarfs talking to a stormtrooper. Or how much Disney pokes fun at their own tropes. These moments were extremely funny but the rest of the movie (although still good) felt pretty forgettable. I laughed during the screening but the laughs soon faded away once I left.
The first movie gave me all my favourite 80’s game characters on the big screen, whilst also giving me new interesting characters such as Sergeant Calhoun. The sequel carries this on and gives us a new, badass character in the form of Shanks and her actions definitely live up to her cool name. Ralph and Vanellope are always a joy to watch together and are voiced brilliantly by John C.Reiley and Sarah Silverman. It’s a shame most of the characters from the first movie get pushed to the side so we can introduce new ones, their presence was sorely missed. My own personal nitpicks, but I really wanted to see more of Sonic, from both movies. Heres hoping the 2019 Sonic movie doesn’t disappoint.
The animation, as always with Disney, is top notch. The colours are bright and colourful, everything pops and attention to detail is insane. I say this because the characterizations of the princesses are spot on, Ariel and Rapunzel are more hyper than say Belle Pocahantos and it is perfectly mirrored.
The biggest issue with the movie is its jokes rely too much on making fun of the social media culture. This would be fine if all the jokes weren’t one note, I also would have liked to have seen Ralph and Vanellope’s reaction to the web explored more. We have people from the 80’s, coming into a new world full of so much new technology. Seeing the characters wanting to explore this new world more would have been interesting.
Overall, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet is a fun sequel. With great characters and stunning animation. Sadly, the jokes are forgettable and it stops it from being a great movie.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 (7/10)
Director: Rich Moore/Phil Johnston
Runtime: 112 Minutes