**Caution: Spoilers Ahead**
Wreck it Ralph was a break out hit in 2012, lifting the veil on what happens to arcade game characters after the lights go out. Six years later, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) are back in a sequel that is entertaining enough, but takes a while to find its footing.
The first movie was essentially a story about labels and how they define who you are. Besides the central duo, there was a host of supporting characters whom we have grown to love like Fixit Felix (Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch). Even King Candy (Alan Tudyk) was hilarious to watch.
This time round, Ralph and Vanellope must evacuate the Sugar Rush residents to other games before it is shut down. And as with any Disney animation, the visuals are stunning, especially when you’re venturing into the strange new world of the internet. It becomes an overpopulated metropolitan city with flashy neon signs and incessant advertisers vying for your attention, which is quite an accurate visual representation of what it is like these days.
The other characters in Ralph Breaks The Internet feel rather shoehorned, like Shank (Gal Gadot), a post apocalyptic race car driver who shows Vanellope that racing doesn’t have to be contained to just the race tracks of Sugar Rush.
Even Knowsmore, Alan Tudyk’s physical representation of a search engine character, just feels tacked on. There isn’t a sense of cohesiveness to any of the characters. However, since this is a Disney movie full of sly in-jokes, what better group of supporting characters to bring into the mix than the Disney Princesses.
They are essentially the highlight of the entire movie, so I will say right now, GIVE US A DISNEY PRINCESS crossover! Think of it this way: before the House of Mouse started buying up comic books and movie studios, the Disney Princesses were essentially their superheroes.
Cinderella has the ability to talk to animals, Snow White could summon seven dwarfs, Pochontas could control the wind and Ariel is basically female Aquaman. So much potential. Fun fact: Disney got all the original actresses to reprise their roles as Disney Princesses!
My main gripe about the film is the title. It literally says Ralph Breaks The Internet in the marquee but I had to wait till the later part of the third act before he even does anything remotely “break” worthy. Even the way he does it is reminiscent of the first film where he unwittingly unleashes a Cy-bug from Hero’s Duty into Sugar Rush, threatening to destroy the entire game.
That said, the movie does have its moments, but it leaves much to be desired considering the critical success of the first film. It is still a great holiday movie to bring the kids to as it is an enjoyable romp through the current generation’s social media landscape.
Ralph Breaks The Internet opens in Singapore today. Tell us what you think of the movie!