Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Rating: 7/10

Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his best friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) discover that something called “Wifi” has been connected to the surge protector everyone hangs out in when the games at the arcade are off at night. When Vanellope’s game breaks, they have to take to the web in order to find the part they need.

This movie had some decent scenes and some decent jokes as well. I don’t mind that they use the base story to take to the internet and invade the Disney universe and overuse references to other movies, but I felt it made decent jokes and moments so it’s fine. Truthfully, I don’t really mind “ads” in movies, just as long as it’s not too much and doesn’t detract from the movie any.

The parts that don’t really work, is when the plot meanders for a long period of time without much going on despite there being a sense of urgency, a ticking clock, if you will, and instead of keeping the same urgency with the pacing they spend time having Ralph read comments sections and the like. Pacing is super important and if you’re going to give your characters this great sense of agency then your movie’s pacing should match that.

With that in mind, it’s important to give your characters things to do as well. Things don’t always have to be related to the main plot, but whatever is happening on screen should at the very least, be interesting to watch.

I wasn’t sure if I was liking this movie for the first two thirds of the flick. It all kind of comes back in the third act though, the urgency that should have been there in the second act is better once they up the ante, and it plays into some pretty great disaster/zombie movie tropes in an original way. It made me think they should have cut out part of the middle and spent more time on this particular plotline (or even make this the main plot of the movie). I can’t really talk about it without spoiling a few things though.

As a last thing that I’m not sure I can really fault the movie for, but they setup a plotline where Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) and his wife Calhoun (Jane Lynch) adopt 15 kids, and they don’t ever come back to it until the very end of the movie. Just seems like a missed opportunity to me.


+7: Movie that wins me over by the end

+1: Great third act

-1: a few too many pacing issues

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