Movie: Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Directed: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
Produced: Clark Spencer
Actors: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudy, Alfred Molina and Ed O'Neill
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Budget: $175 million
Box Office: $524.9 million
I was a fan of the first film when it first came out. It was cool watching all the different retro games in the movie. However, unlike Pixels, the movie itself was actually decent.
Does this sequel live up to the first movie? Let us see.
The story goes into various directions and I will try to explain it the best as I can.
The movie starts with the characters that you fell in love with in the first movie. You have Ralph who is voiced by John C. Reilly and Vanellope von Schweetz who is voiced by Sarah Silverman. You also see the return of Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) and Mr. Stan Litwak (voiced by Ed O'Neil).
The basic premise of the movie is the following, a new game gets plugged into the arcade with WIFI (internet) capabilities. This area is closed off as it is deemed too dangerous. In the meantime, some real life kids play Sugar Rush. As the kids are playing they break the steering wheel off of its hinges and a replacement part is needed to fix it.
Ralph and the gang overhear the owner of the arcade Stan, that the parts are too expensive and they may need to discontinue the arcade game and use it for parts. This makes Vanellope sad as she feels like she has nowhere to go since she has no game. Ralph has a great idea. They will go to the internet and get the parts that it is missing.
During the adventure there is another sub plot that is became more and more evident. Although Ralph loves the routine of everyday life and how it is predictable, Vanellope wants something more as she loves adventure and unpredictability.
In their travels, they come across a new game called Slaughter Race. This is where they meet Shank (voiced by Gal Gadot). Vanellope actually likes the danger of the game and really likes Shank. The seed is planted that she wants to do more than what her old game could offer.
When they eventually find the steering wheel for Sugar Rush, Ralph over hears Venellope talking to Shank. She wants to stay in the more dangerous game of Slaughter Race but is not sure how to tell Ralph. Obviously hearing this makes Ralph angry and upset. However, eventually Ralph accepts her decision and they both end up happy for each other. Venellope and Ralph message themselves once a week and talk about what they are up to.
Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
The only way that I can find how to describe the movie is that it is cute. It is not a particularly memorable movie but it does the job of pulling at your heart strings at the right time.
As you would expect there are a lot of references in this movie. From big names such as eBay and Google to princesses from different fairytale movies. I have to admit that I liked how they demonstrate the internet. It is a nice way of explaining what the internet is to a younger crowd.
The voice acting is good. I like Sarah Silverman. Her character is more complex than what you would think a video game character would be.
The rest of the cast is ok. There is not really many secondary characters that sticks to mind. The only one that I kind of liked was the guy at the search bar. He had a few memorable lines. I did like Shank but I find that she was not in the movie enough. May be in the next instalment.
I do like the message of the story though. Everyone is built or wired differently. While some people like routine, other people like adventure. There is nothing wrong with that. Just because 2 people may like different things, does not make them any less friends.
In the end, in 20 years when people look at this movie, they will think that it was a cute movie but that is about it. It is part of those animated movies that are decent. It was a huge financial success which probably means that there will be a third instalment.
Rating: 7 Donkey Kong's out of 10
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