by Frankie Harlow
Social media and the internet were once tools of connection, information…and porn. As humanity has grown and progressed, it has now become a source of societies distraction and rage. For example, I’m meant to be summarising my feelings for Wreck-It Ralph’s sequel Ralph Wrecks the Internet in a neat little review but cannot help but paw over Twitter, Facebook, and all the over apps stored on my phone with angry little red notifications and humorous witty memes.
Setting this in the internet and referencing that culture makes the film feel old when it is a brand new release. The breaking of the internet that is referenced in the title happened in 2014 (scary but that is what the internet tells me). Animation takes a long time and even if they had had the most on trend teenager humanly possible there telling them what to reference, it will still be out of date when it is released as it isn’t being released right at that moment and the internet is often about the zeitgeist. Ironically the fast movement of trends and how something goes from being the “It Thing” to being old in a moment is actually referenced in the film.
The Disney princess scenes that have been shown everywhere are the best moments but most of it was shown in the trailers. Despite having the bulk of the jokes and an undeniably catchy song, it cannot save an entire film. Ralph Breaks The Internet does have exquisite animation, pretty much a staple of the Walt Disney Animation Studio, and the way that they animate the different game characters based on their game and their role in it continues to be a brilliant and beautiful touch.
The real issue this film is that it feels like several short films that have been hamhocked together resulting in a hot mess. I want the short of Vanellope and the princesses. I want the short of what happens when Felix and Calhoun (who are underrused in this sequel) adopt the Sugar Rush racers. I want a short of Ralph and Vanellope exploring the internet. What I don’t want is this confusion of a film where the end lesson is so unnuanced in its delivery that is loses any impact it may have.
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet is out in cinemas now!