Ralph Breaks my Expectations

8:52 PM

Some spoilers!

Wreck-It Ralph 2, a.k.a. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was a decent movie with the usual good mix of feelings and greater messages sprinkled in with good story-telling and lovable characters.

By film editor, Ajay Ascano

Seeing this movie was a last minute choice made by me and a friend on the night of Thanksgiving. We chose the 10:55 PM show at the Carson Mall (Southbay Pavilion). Grabbing some popcorn, a large drink, and a cookie pizza, we were ready for the movie.

Wreck-It Ralph

John C. Reilly reprises his role as the titular character “Wreck-It Ralph,” a video game villain who found his greater purpose within the arcade world in the first movie. Along his journey to finding his purpose, he meets Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a princess of her own game, Sugar Rush. The sequel throws a lot of that movie’s plot out of the window, save for the characters and their development. This movie builds upon these relationships in some odd ways: via Ralph’s insecurities.

Breaking The Internet?

Breaking the internet: when something becomes popular on the internet. 

Now, remembering The Emoji Movie, a movie with a vaguely similar plotline (in terms of being techy, modern, and internet-related), I thought that Ralph Breaks the Internet was going to be of similar nature. 

While I won’t go into all of what they do with the medium, I can say that they were very creative in how they show off all of the major things that are popular in internet culture. Twitter, Google, eBay, YouTube, and even Fortnite make appearances in this film, but none of it feels like paid advertisements shoved down your throat. 

There were also nods to YouTubers, ASMR, and memes.

The “Goods”

The movie’s main goal was to talk about relationships with friends. It boiled down to letting them do what they want and that friends don’t need to be with each other all the time to be close. 

While it was predictable that Ralph and Vanellope would fight (over something stupid Ralph did- again), the reason for which they fought was more realistic, and that more people can feel sympathetic about it. 

Gal Gadot’s character, Shank, was pretty badass. She was written well and was a good “wise” character.

Again, the internet’s portrayal was realistic and interesting. It wasn’t just “Ralph Explores YouTube.”

The “Bads”

I feel like the movie was very disjointed from the first movie. A lot of the characters from the first got little screen time. It would have been somewhat more interesting to see them being looked for, considering they disappeared from the arcade for more than just a few hours.

There was also some speed inconsistencies. At times, the plot had climaxes and resolves too quickly, or too slowly. 

So? I recommend you go out and see it! It’s a really fun movie, and we got a lot of laughs out of it.

There are also 2 after-credits scenes, so wait for those!

Thanks for reading,

Ajay Ascano >:D

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