Ralph Breaks The Internet
By James Davidson
In the 2012 film “Wreck-It Ralph”, Ralph from the classic video game Fix it Felix, learned that just because he is a bad guy in the game, doesn’t mean he has to be a bad guy. Now, in the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, Ralph and his retro video game friends are going “online”. After Ralph breaks the game of his best friend, Vanellope von Schweetz – a princess from a candy racing game, Ralph and Vanellope are going on the internet to try to find a replacement part for Vanellope’s game and save all of its occupants from being “gameless”.
I liked “Wreck-It Ralph”, although I didn’t think it really needed a sequel. I was worried that the sequel was going to seem like a cash grab and unnecessary. Although it was very well done and entertaining, it did seem that way for a significant portion of the movie.
All of the scenes depicting the internet felt like glorified ads for big internet corporations. There was a lot of product placement for places such as Google and Amazon and it really made the movie feel a little cheap in my opinion.
With that problem aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It had a fun plot and there were a lot of funny jokes. The humor was done well and kept me laughing throughout the film. There were a lot of Disney characters that made cameos and those were fun to see. The Disney princess scene with Vanellope and all of the traditional Disney Princesses was very funny and the best part of the movie to me.
While I didn’t think a sequel was necessary, I thought the story was well done and the filmmakers did a good job making the movie interesting even though it wasn’t needed. The plot was interesting and moved along well. The movie was almost two hours long and is entertaining through most of the movie, although in the middle it can get a little boring, at least for adults.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a good family movie, it’s rated PG for some rude humor, but is appropriate for younger viewers. I actually heard a few of the smaller children in the theatre say it was “the most awesome movie ever.” I don’t know if I agree with them, but if the kids enjoyed it, that’s what counts.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is fun and entertaining, especially for kids, but can get a little boring for adults and definitely feels like a “cash grab”. This movie is great for a family outing, however it is not quite as good as the first one. I will probably not be adding this to my collection, but might watch it again if it comes out on Netflix. It earns 2.5 out of 5 stars.