6/10 The first “Wreck It Ralph” film is one of the most underrated animated films in recent memory that I would give a 9/10 to. I recently re-watched it before I saw this and it holds up extremely well and is very fun and clever. Sadly, I think the film makers and screenwriters used their best ideas for the first film because this movie doesn’t hold a candle to the original. The first film felt fresh, had more emotional heart to it and was a great introduction to this world and the characters that inhabit it. This time around, the story isn’t as good (the ending featuring a million Ralphs combining actually came across as really creepy), fun characters from the first film have nothing to do (Felix and Calhoun), the humor seems dried up and the emotional core doesn’t resonate half as much this time. The first film is very memorable but this follow up is rather forgettable. That’s not to say there are not elements to like about this movie though. The score is another winner as it combines orchestral tunes with 1980s video game music seamlessly. The voice actors/casting is spot on and some of the new characters introduced are fun additions. Expanding the universe from inside arcade games to the entirety of the internet is both a positive and a negative. Opening up the scope does provide a lot more sight gags and clever situations to occur but there is also an obscene amount of product placement, particularly anything and everything Disney related. This movie almost feels like Disney specifically had it take place on the internet just so they could cram every Disney related property in existence into the movie to sell more merchandise. The animation does look great, but then again, when was the last time a Disney animated film looked bad? The original song “A Place Called Slaughter Race” is a lot of fun and is actually better than a couple nominees up for Best Original Song at the Oscars this year. Overall, the movie is still fun, entertaining and likeable, but compared to how great the first film was, this is a big letdown and since they used their best ideas on the first film, I don’t even know if I want to see a third movie to round out a trilogy. Feel free to watch this to kill a couple hours but if you want something much better, just revisit the first film.
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