It’s sad this isn’t making much at the Box Office,because it’s actually well thought out than the other movie that came out that has worse animation than this. Yeah,beat that Universal.
Onto the review.
Half the audience was enjoying it,while the other half was letting the kids walk through the auditorium while the movie was playing (super common for Italian theaters these days). It was interesting to see while I watching the movie with a straight face,since the problem with how everyone was disappointed by it can be sort of understood.
Ralph Breaks The Internet feels like Disney’s attempt at making a story with Pixar levels of screenplay that,while it mostly succeeds,feels like too much stuff that makes the runtime boring,since they knew they were making better animated movies this period of the year than Pixar’s Infinite Sequel Bucket for the 2010’s.
Don’t get me wrong,there’s a lot to like here,though. The internet is not only an amazing place,but it also manages to cook up the story a little bit,aside from being “Disney Product Placement - The Movie”,rife with places like eBay,Oh My Disney... Right down to Pinterest. Yes,even Pinterest is in this,hell yeah.
That doesn’t mean they always go to existing places. There are also places like Slaughter Race (a Fast And Furious-esque racing game with Fallout levels of quality that has my favourite Disney musical scene) and BuzzTube,which again,cook up the story instead of being visual gimmicks like that last movie I saw with visual prettiness.
Even the Dark Web,which is supposed to be this dark and grimy place,has great animation and will later be a vital scene (with a worm mutant thing with the face that is almost a representation of Alfred Molina,who’s playing the character).
The Character Development is also great. Ralph feels like he won’t stop at nothing to cheer Vanellope up (maybe a little too much…),while she has the traditional Disney Princess treatment but with Sugar Rush,even if the filmmakers try to also make up for it by adding something else. Need I say this movie doesn’t really have a villain,since Ralph always ruins something,and it feels like a clone of Finding Dory.
All great stuff,right? Well,it’s too bad this feels like too much stuff crammed into one movie.
As I said,the screenplay is great,and it feels like a jab at Pixar’s traditional story beats,but the problem with it is that they try to make it believable enough with every character explaining their problems,or whenever it tries to take an emotional pause (also YES,a movie that isn’t Pixar that made me cry at the theater. Bonus Point for that).
That’s where the runtime comes to play. The movie clocks in at 1h56’ and either it’s because they want to fill the story with whatever the screenwriters have in mind or they want to make it feel like a drama or an epic-scale movie that is really slow but still makes you captivated by it.
The 3rd Act mainly feels like the “filling the story” section,because they have to explain what’s going on with a King Kong reference,where it leads to the message being explained just like how The LEGO Movie executed it (where the main character is almost killed by the enemy only to stop at the last minute to explain the movie’s big message).
And my god,the score by Henry Jackman was a big punch in the face.
While Ralph Breaks The Internet is a fantastic movie,it also feels like a warning for every Disney fan in a way. Watch out for the deep Pixar-esque story they will try to cram into the gorgeous animation. If anything,it’ll make an Animation fan really entertained,but just try to make it in a convincing and understandable way,okay? Coolio.