My younger siblings and I loved the first Wreck It Ralph movie when it came out in 2012. It had quotable jokes, a creative premise, and an endearing message about friendship and acceptance. Over Thanksgiving break, my boyfriend and I decided to see the sequel mostly because there wasn’t much else out at the time. The first half of the movie was enjoyable and cohesive with the original. The audience is immersed in the vibrant arcade world from the first film and reintroduced to best friends Ralph and Vanellope. Their life in the arcade has been pretty uneventful, so Ralph decides to create a new race track to spice up the repetitive plot of Vanellope’s racing game, Sugar Rush. However, this causes the game’s steering wheel to snap off causing Vanellope’s game to be unplugged, making her and the other Sugar Rush characters “homeless.” Naturally, there is only one Sugar Rush steering wheel left in the world and Ralph and Vanellope must travel to the Internet to retrieve it from eBay.
This is when things get weird. While the animation and design of the Internet is colorful, detailed, and engaging, the Internet plot allows for the inclusion of many cultural references that will very soon become irrelevant. See, a good Disney movie should be timeless- a story that will endear generations such as “The Lion King” or “Beauty and the Beast.” Unfortunately, cameos of trendy YouTube stars like Miranda Sings and Flula Borg, Fortnite dance moves, and meme references secured this movie’s fate as a “2018 movie” that will not have much relevance in future generations.
Nonetheless, the movie’s conclusion was touching and had a good message about the strength of friendship. Not Disney’s worst movie, but definitely not its best. 2.5/5 stars.
– Claire Reid