Popular culture is here to say, but it is also ever changing, much in part to the internet. Tonight’s movie decides to journey to the center of the internet looking into the world of cyberspace through the eyes of Disney. Yes, tonight the sequel many never thought would come to bear given the current movements by Disney (Pixar sequels, live animation, and Marvel). That’s right! Out of Walt Disney Animation Studios is Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, which based on the massive advertising, holds the potential to be another hilarious adventure. Robbie K here to review:
Movie: Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Wrecks The Internet (2018)
Animation: No surprise, Disney knows how to design and animate in the world of children’s animation. Ralph’s newest adventure proves this once more as the cyberworld comes to life in rich textures and colors, as the wonderful world of Disney’s lens reveals a cleverly detailed world. All ages should appreciate the mood and characterization of each popular app and part of the cyber world, that adds the characteristic this series is famous for. Characters move smoothly in all sequences, and it still holds the personality of a video game.
Comedy: Ralph’s series is always known for the comedy and the dive into the internet immersed the group into new depths of comedy. This film broadens its horizons in terms of laugh factors and allows more people to laugh at the antics at hand. The same slapstick remains from the first film, while jabs at our popular culture, alongside quote worthy one-liners ring through the whole film. Many avenues are not safe from the ridicule of the movie, that will hopefully have you laughing in good fun like I did. Nevertheless, the film’s laugh fest is still reminiscent of the first film, but bringing a new twist to the mix.
Pace: A Disney movie is often paced quite well and this film is no exception. Ralph and company will be surfing at the speed of information exchange, having no problems with being deterred or hindered in its ability to bring the entertainment and story we so crave. With this faster pace, comes an energy that Ralph is famous for, which will captivate the attention of all the intended audience members.
Cleverness: The movie works so well with managing to have geekiness imbued into the film, showing off the whit of the famous studio as they pay tribute to the nerds and nerd alike. Random cameos, details of buildings, and other popular culture references are well-established into the comedy and seldom forced upon you like some of the films they have made. Still, Disney’s shrewd creativity and imagination continue to shine forth in their ability to make animated films.
The Moral: The movie wouldn’t be a Disney film if there wasn’t a tried and true trail to remain at the center of it all. Ralph’s first lesson was about self-identity and discovering yourself. This film expands the already deep characters to new levels as their relationship evolves into the next levels of growth. As both start to fan out into the cyber world and establish new adventures, Ralph and Venelope will go through their own trials as well. It’s sweet, it’s strong, and it jam packed with emotion that will have many getting sentimental, especially if it is relevant. Wreck It Ralph’s moral driven plot may not be original, but it certainly is jam packed with the usual Disney magic.
Not The First Movie: Sequels have to be themselves and soar with open wings to establish its only flow. Still, the sequel lacked some of the creativity, uniqueness, target themes that it had established those years ago. I missed the video game focused references, and cameos of dad jokes with parodies to those games. In addition, it still lacked some other things I’ll be mentioning to result in a still good sequel, but maybe not quite as strong as the original to me.
The Other characters: it was brilliant to allow other characters and gimmicks to unfold for this film, but a few other characters could have certainly had more involvement given how much a part they were of the main character’s lives. Why the original characters didn’t go on a journey more, I don’t know, but I missed them in this film very much.
New Characters Quite Not living To Full potential: Shank and the new crew might have been beautiful and bold in the film, but they were not nearly as integrated into the film as the previous installment. Disney has included them enough to give us future merchandising, but the cyber characters didn’t quite have the adventurous involvement the previous one had. It would have been nice to pull them multiple times to help with facing the internet and I quite missed the sense of adventure the first film specialized in.
Comedy In Your Face Moments: There are times where Disney still feels the need to force an idea or comedy style on them. Sometimes they work and other times are a little too intense for me to really appreciate it. The Disney princess moment is one of those moments that I felt was a little in your face, pushing too hard to get the point across for the sake of a laugh towards a certain subset of audience members. I get there is a place for a lot of comedy in this film, the goal of the producers, but perhaps working to integrate characters a little bit might have been the way to go instead of another princess service announcement.
The Villain: Turbo was a great central antagonist that held many tricks in his arsenal to remain relevant and immortal. He was deadly enough to threaten people with darker tones, while still a force to brecken with. However, this one was missing a lot, often much due to underutilization of characters and a gimmick that seemed nothing more than a plot device trying to justify the inclusion of another big bad character. It’s age appropriate, but not quite the full incredible splendor that the first one did, and I missed that challenge to their never-ending quest for fun, adventure and the truth.
The Trailer Ruined Much: Hate when Disney over shows the trailers, making sure to show you so much of the movie without giving away the whole thing. Ralph has had a lot ruined, not everything mind you, but many powerful laughs and jokes could have held more life to it if they had been introduced in the film, instead of the billions of minutes on television. As such, some of the more popular jokes were stale to my viewing group.
The sequel had a lot to live up for me, but Ralph’s second film held plenty of the same magic that I fell in love with in the first film. Still a dazzling delight to watch with fantastic animation and design combined with the usual comedic references we’ve come to expect with this series. Still, the dive back into pop culture references still needed some software updates to maximize old and new characters, and design the film with the same standards the first held. Still the film is worth a trip to theater for many reasons and an enjoyable one at that.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.5-8.0