Ralph Breaks the Internet Reviews
It is undeniable that the film has its good moments, funny and fun, but the world to be explored, the internet, left much to be desired, many times I felt lost if the movie really would like to present a fun story and recover magic of the arcade games along with the magic of the new online games or pass on an idea, an ideal or a subliminal feminist / feminine message that girls are as good as boys and that everyone should follow their dreams regardless of what is right (losers are be a winners too). Disney has been very strange lately, they used to create stories that last forever, today, they create messages that last only in the time of the movie. I felt frustrated, yet another movie to be forgotten over the years.
It seems Disney animation is having an identity crisis. It is clambering to capture too many audiences while failing to entertain any of them. This becomes obvious when the script flip flops between meaningless fart jokes and songs that repeat the word slaughter too many times to be comfortable in a Disney film. Vanellope is a child protagonist whose acceptance of a dark teenage game makes you wonder at what the movie is trying to say. I cringed through jokes about death and grungy nods to games the target audience shouldn't even come close to knowing about. At one point Vanellope remarks 'Mother Fudger". Not a line I ever thought I would hear in a family film and one that legitimises the vulgar content for children. This is especially true when the main characters end up working for a viral pop up website which never truly gets held to account.
The movie does have delightful peppered moments that preach how the internet is a dangerous place but never delves deep enough to really feel there is a point.
The world building and visuals are of course rich and interesting but the way they change the locations in such a fast paced way can leave you feeling a little dizzy.
If that hasn't *wrecked* your appetite, this movie reads like a corporate advert. It peddles self referencial humour to a level I haven't seen until now. We see so many corporate logos we can almost hear the Disney shareholders rubbing their hands together. Company synergy over plot appears to be this movie's main drive.
Disney used to make timeless tales that pushed artistic boundaries and furthered the medium of animation. Alas this movie plays closer to a Tumblr blog post than the next Bambi.
Applauses for how it touched "real issues". The Reddit community was saying it was "too real", but isn't that great? Going past boundaries people are afraid to touch, like the aspect of farewell a la Toy Story 3. Bittersweet but life goes on, and there are ways to overcome this together :)
The princess scenes are INCREDIBLE. That collaboration to "save a big and strong man" was iconic, along with Henry Jackman's background track that echoed each princess' theme. It was phenomenal. Nobody gave two hoots that Ralph was wearing a dress, Ralph didn't either (and even complained it was too small!) - and that made me smile!
And Vanellope's song! That blew me away! Never did I expect a true blue disney-esque song to appear in Wreck-It Ralph as much as I didn't expect to hear a song in How To Train Your Dragon 2!
Overall, very pleasant, but not as impressive as the first. Glad I saw this in the theaters, but bummed I missed the second after-credits scene. Couldn't get rick-rolled by Ralph himself. Bummer.
The earlier princess movies did have the male character save the princess, but instead of mentioning how much the princess characters have grown since then and how now the male and female lead characters need or depend on each other to save the day, it seems better to the writers to have the princesses comment about it as if it were inaccurate.
If the only way to teach little girls how to be competent and strong is by putting one gender above another and coming up with scenarios where the male characters are insecure and incompetent then there is no real virtue or merit to be learned here, only more lies concerning gender and no real equality.