Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet Is Not As Good As The Original

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The first Wreck-It Ralph movie is one of my favorite movies of all time when it was released back in 2012.

The fact that the movie concentrated heavily on the arcade gaming industry put a big smile on my face.

Sure arcade video gaming is dying in today's industry, but the throwback to the '80s and '90s reminded me of my own childhood.

When I heard Wreck-It Ralph 2 was being developed, I got really excited because there aren't many other movies out there that can pay proper homage to the video game industry.

However, I was a little disappointed that the sequel has little to do about video gaming and instead focuses more on current day internet fads...

While I was watching Ralph Breaks the Internet, I really enjoyed the first half of the movie a lot.

The basic main storyline is that Ralph and Vanellope have to go 'online' and visit eBay so they can find a new steering wheel for 'Sugar Rush'.

This is because the steering wheel broke off and the arcade owner doesn't plan on fixing it anytime soon.

The first half of the movie is great because it follows a simple storyline with both Ralph and Vanellope being enthusiastic about getting a new steering wheel.

However, they encounter a huge barrier because they do not realize that they have to earn a lot of money in order to afford the steering wheel they need to fix 'Sugar Rush'.

I don't want to give too many spoilers away, but it's at this part of the movie that Ralph Breaks the Internet starts to take a step back in quality.

The movie starts becoming cringy because it tries to reference to pop culture fads like the floss dance, YouTube, and other internet crazes.

It's at this part of the movie that Ralph Breaks the Internet starts to lose focus and becomes similar to 'The Emoji Movie'.

The movie isn't as bad as The Emoji Movie, but the continued internet fads gets tiresome after a while. It's no longer about video games and it feels more like a Disney product placement movie.

The Disney product placement isn't all bad because the Disney Princesses are somewhat the best part of the movie.

They're not in the film for that long, but I love the fact that most of the original voice actresses came back to reprise their roles. They actually all have an important role when the film reaches its climax.

Speaking of the climax, I felt the ending of the movie was unsatisfying and out of place.

Without saying too much, I'll just say the random homage to King Kong's climax felt weird and wasn't as heart-felt and warm like the first movie.

That's not to say I did not enjoy Ralph Breaks the Internet though.

If it were up to me, I would have changed the middle part of the movie and wrote in a better conclusion.

The fact that the movie shies away from its video gaming roots in favor of modern day internet fads will make this film film outdated if you watch it in the future.

However, one good part of the movie is that the voice actors are still really good.

John C Reilly does a great job as the lovable Ralph character while Sarah Silverman is perfect as Vanellope. Joining the cast is the talented Gal Gadot playing a new cool character by the name of Shank.

Overall, Ralph Breaks the Internet is not a bad movie, but it's a step down from the original film that came out six years ago.

Younger kids will like this movie, although the pop culture references will make other people cringe as they add too much product placement.

Verdict: 3.5/5 stars

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