RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is Saved by Disney Princesses

I found WRECK IT RALPH a decent, just passable, movie and had heard amazing things about the sequel, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET. So I was very eager to attend the movie’s press screening last week and see if this could redeem the lack of excitement I had for the first movie. What I wasn’t prepared for was a disappointingly below average Disney movie with questionable screenplay. I am still a little shocked!!

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET releases this coming Boxing Day in Australia from The Galactic Empire. It is rated PG and runs for 112mins. 


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John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET SYNOPSIS:

Six years after saving the arcade from the Cy-Bugs attack and from Turbo’s revenge, the story leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph.

Video game “bad guy” Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzTube.”


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Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, Gal Gadot, Glozell Green and Hamish Blake

IT FALLS FLAT ON ITS 2D GENERATED BUTT:

The voice acting is great, the animation is sublime, the music is cool and colours are bright. But the story is just some great moments strung together with sub-par storytelling. It starts out great in Litwak’s, we get to see Ralph and Vanellope ride in the Tron game. I was a huge fan so was stoked to see this. We catch up with some of the characters from the first movie and then, as Vanellope is bored with her race, Ralph builds her a new track in the game and Vanellope fights with an actual human player steering her car and the steering wheel of her game is broken.

It’s going to cost too much to replace so Litwak is going to return it as a redundant and broken game. Our unlikely duo head into the interwebs to get a replacement and the excitement should begin. It falls flat on it’s 2D generated butt. The film lacks the puns and abundant references that could be made of the trillion or so businesses on the net. It comes off more like product placements than anything clever. But visually it looks AMAZING and admittedly there are some wonderfully humourous moments!! 

The movie then spends quite a bit of time trying to get Vanellope’s steering wheel and when they do you think the movie is coming to a close but Ralph hasn’t even broken the internet yet! The story has three plotlines running. One that looks at friendships, one that is about the steering wheel and one that belongs with the title of the movie.


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The Disney Princesses

SAVED BY THE DISNEY PRINCESSES:

BUT – new character Shanks has a great subplot and newer game animations – it looked cool and all the boys and girls will love Shank (actually voiced by Gal Gadot – aka Wonder Woman). I did like the humour associated with BuzzTube but they could have had endless puns and references to all the other major internet companies.

Then there is the Disney Princesses and Star Wars subplot – the single best thing in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET. I was crying with laughter!! With Disney owning Star Wars it was quite easy for them to have Storm Troopers searching for Vanellope, in her escape she stumbles into a doorway that leads to a room filled with all the Disney Princesses – that is all I will say, I start giggling just thinking about it.

I do like John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman as the characters and they did have some good emotional scenes that follow the Disney method of teaching a lesson to youngsters. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is all about friendship and loyalty but also about growing as people and the need to let someone go if you love them. 


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John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman

IN CONCLUSION:

I will probably skip a third WIR movie if one comes about. For the Disney machine I expected a much better meshed out plot with more clever humour. It looks marvellous and I can see RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET making a squillion dollars for the empire, but this doesn’t make it a great film, just a bright and colourful one. If it wasn’t for the Princesses I would have detested this movie.



YOUR CRITIC:

Jason King owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the Australian movie industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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