Illustration by Glenn Horne
Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Wrecks My Evening
After six years since the original movie was released, Walt Disney Animation Studios released their sequel to the critically acclaimed Wreck-It Ralph with Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. The newest addition to the series, however, falls flat as a film in multiple areas, especially when compared to the original film.
In contrast to the videogame-centric theme of the original, the new movie takes an interesting turn, with the main characters of the movie, Ralph and Vanellope, going inside the depths of the internet to repair Sugar Rush, one of the main attractions to Litwak’s Arcade.
As interesting as the premise of the movie was, the actual execution of it was not nearly as interesting or captivating as I hoped it would be. The movie, despite maintaining the majority of the same cast of the first film, failed to keep my interest. During the movie, I felt like I spent more time waiting for the credits than I did seeing something worth the admission price. In addition, neither the humor nor the “emotional” scenes of the movie made me laugh or had me relate to the characters in an impactful way, like the first film did with the main characters struggling to achieve their goals. In the new film, a solid 90% of the movie is just the main characters arguing with each other.
Another problem the movie faces is the setting. While the Internet was an interesting theory for a setting, the Internet is also incredibly big. Due to that, attempting to capture the entirety of the Internet in an hour and 45 minute film was going to be impossible from the start. What at first it was a decent attempt by Disney to capture the Internet, the movie very quickly devolved into an upsetting caricature of the Internet, with nothing but poorly attempted puns based on popular companies and products. This left me leaving feeling more like I wasted nearly two hours of my time watching one long stream of product placements and advertisements, as opposed to an interesting film.
Lastly, in an attempt to connect with the target audience of most Disney films, the movie shamelessly inserted allusions and direct references to modern trends, most of which came off as poorly done and slapped in there with little reasoning behind them. All in all, this movie is not worth anybody’s time of day, and it failed to capture the same appeal of the original film. This movie was at best a 4/10 movie, and I would recommend seeing nearly any other film available in theaters over this.