It is a given that people will say about any sequel that it was not as good as the first one and that is true in this case. Wreck-It Ralph from 2012 was much funnier than its successor Ralph Breaks the Internet.
As I watched the film I could tell from my friends that it was not as good. I was wondering why they were not laughing and I realised that some of the humour was more adult humour. Not adult in a bad way, but adult as in “this was from my generation so I get the inside jokes that you are far too young to understand.”
I think a few tweaks to the plot could have solved it. The premise that wifi was a new thing and many of the websites or apps were created at that time was not realistic. I know it was an animated film, but I still like things to be realistic in the historical context or they need to be completely unrealistic. An easy fix would have been to have the arcade be a bit behind the times.
The best part of the whole film was definitely written for the feminists of today. All the Disney princesses were gathered together in one room where the arcade princess Vanellope von Schweetz hides from the Stormtroopers. The Disney princesses proceed to ask Princess Vanellope a bunch of princess trope questions.
Rapunzel: Do you have magic hair?
Elsa: Magic hands?
Cinderella: Do animals talk to you?
Snow White: Were you poisoned?
Aurora, Tiana: Cursed?
Rapunzel, Belle: Kidnapped or enslaved?
Vanellope: No! Are you guys okay? Should I call the police?
Rapunzel: Do people assume all your problems got solved because a big strong man showed up?
Vanellope: Yes! What is up with that?
Pocahontas, Merida, Rapunzel, Elsa, Aurora, Moana: She is a princess!
The one part of the film I did not like was the ending. It was sad for me. I actually had a tear in my eye. Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship was falling apart near the end of the film until some miraculous event transpired to save it.
Yet, they did not end up in the same place at the end. And this was sad for me. I have not heard from my best friend in five years. I wondered what he is doing and I thought of how much I miss him. Even the guy sitting next to me in the cinema made me sad because he had a special scent that I could not place and it reminded me of my best friend.
Overall, I would give the film a 6.5 or 7 on IMDb for the first viewing. I think if I watched it another time then I might like it a little better. It was a success at the box office grossing over $308 million worldwide. When will Wreck-It-Ralph 3 hit the cinemas?