Fun, charming and entertaining - Ralph is still fun half a decade later.
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
The original film was surprisingly delightful when it was released 6 years ago and this new adventure does have a stronger plot (and certainly features more interesting side-characters). The script could’ve used some tightening, running at just under 2 hours there were sequences that weren’t adding to plot/character development and some sections (eg. visiting the dark web) that either needed cutting or re-working. One final edit would’ve definitely made the film even better. Visually the film is bright, busy and over-stuffed, there’s a lot to absorb and so many “easter eggs” that you’re certainly bound to miss something.
The joy of taking Ralph to the internet is these characters now co-exist alongside Facebook, Ebay, Amazon, Snapchat etc and also the website “OhMyDisney.” This leads to interactions with characters from Star Wars, Toy Story, Marvel, Pooh Bear and most notably some of the best scenes in the whole film featuring all the Disney Princesses. These cameos/supporting roles are a lot of fun, but of course the cross-promotion of various Disney owned properties is obvious. The voice cast do a great job, especially Sarah Silverman as Vanellope and Gal Gadot as Shank, Alan Tyduck is another stand out.
Overall definitely an enjoyable experience, it just had more potential.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures