“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

LOUISA:  3.5 STARS


LOUISA SAYS:

Sometimes the sequel is better than the original, and that is the case with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Disney’s follow-up to 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” In a sharp contrast from this year’s lame cash grab “Incredibles 2,” this charming sequel is a creative, sweet adventure tale of loyalty and friendship that will delight adults and kids alike.

When an overenthusiastic patron breaks the Sugar Rush video game, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his buddy Vanelloppe (Sarah Silverman) must risk it all and travel into the world wide web to find a replacement part to save Vanelloppe’s home. The duo meet all sorts of citizens of the internet to help navigate their way, including trendy online entrepreneur Yesss (Taraji P. Henson), egghead know-it-all KnowsMore (Alan Tudyk), and the tough as nails Shank (Gal Gadot). The simple story serves the film well and although basic, it never feels like a throwaway sequel plot. It’s a film that can stand on its own.

This is a film that feels crafted for 40 year olds fans of the Mouse. Hardcore Disney devotees will be greatly rewarded in the form of vintage Easter eggs and if you “get” the references, you’ll have a much better time. There are a couple of scenes that feature cameos from classic Disney princesses, and they are absolutely hilarious if you’re a fan. There are still plenty of generic, dumb parent jokes and slapstick humor for the kiddos, but the best gags are the inspired ones (like the inspirational musical number in a Grand Theft Auto style video game).

The animation is bright and colorful, and the film looks like it is designed for 3D. It falls apart a bit towards the end with a too noisy and too busy climactic action scene, and the film’s extended ad for eBay feels dated, but overall this is a solid animated winner for Disney.

6 comments

  1. Uuhh what? How did you rate this movie better than the likes of “Get Out” or even “Incredibles 2”? Are you on drugs or something? The whole point of this movie was basically a mixture of product placements and a PSA that Disney will rules the world with its property. There was no compelling story, and the sheer logic of Ralph making online videos that garner hundreds of millions of views in just a few hours is downright fantasy; and not the believable, magical-realism fantasy. The disgustingly irrelevant kind. It had a plot as mundane as the standard Disney cliches, though not executed nearly with the amount of emotion as in the original. This movie is horrible. Your reviews are horrible, but I guess if every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs.

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  2. I’m always on the lookout for movie reviewers who aren’t one of the Tomatometer shills for the big media companies. This movie is one of my tests, if the reviewer liked it, then they have little or no political insight into the movies they watch. Those types of reviewers are a dime a dozen. This movie is about toxic masculinity and female empowerment. The resolution is that Vanelloppe, who is bored with her friend Ralph, leaves him for a new happy ever after future in gangsta world and he ends up back in therapy. If you haven’t noticed that for the last decade or so, modern Disney animation comes with prepackaged left leaning messages – then you are not the reviewers for me. Which is too bad because conservative movie critics are few and far between and command bigger followings as they are aimed an an under served market. Good luck.

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    1. Interesting take, but I am certain you have not read many of my other reviews (like ‘Get Out,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘The Sun is Also a Star,’ ‘Captain Marvel’) because if you had, you’d see that I absolutely have strong political insight into the films I watch. This movie was just bubblegum pop and harmless fun. Thanks for the comment, and I do hope you’ll take time to explore many of my other reviews, especially if you enjoy political viewpoints.

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