This sequel doesn’t quite live it up to the high standards set in the more simplistically charming 2012 original – despite more ideas trying to break out.
The storyline to this follow up initially sets up something that would be more akin to Disney’s sister studio Pixar, but even though the social commentary hints at something that could’ve been quite intriguing, the second half does peter out in a slightly disappointingly stereotypical fashion.
But that’s not to say that this new story doesn’t have its colourfully entertaining moments – because it’s still a cut above most other animations.
With Ralph (John C Reilly), Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), Felix (Jack McBrayer), Calhoun (Jane Lynch), Sonic, Pac-Man and the Street Fighter posse all content in their own Litwak’s Arcade world – the introduction of internet Wi-Fi puts some nervous ripples through the gaming community.
And when the driving wheel breaks off Vanellope’s Sugar Rush arcade game home – leaving all the inhabitants to flee from their eclectic world when it’s switched off – Ralph comes up with a plan to remedy the situation.
So he and Vanellope head off on an adventure to locate eBay through the information superhighway – as that’s the only place that has a replacement wheel for sale – on a new fun-packed story.
Here Ralph becomes a YouTube internet sensation – where the film is at its best – as his character partakes in multiple skits to ensure web hits, and rack up enough cash to purchase said wheel.
But in the meantime Vanellope crosses paths with sassy hardcore racing game entrepreneur Shank – a noteworthy new character voiced by Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot – and she starts to have doubts whether she wants to return to the day-to-day monotony of her arcade life, which her best friend Ralph loves.
Despite sometimes seeming like a commercial for the internet’s most famous brands, there’s still a lot of enjoyment to be had – as Ralph and co break through the barrier of too many overlapping ideas to still piece together an enjoyable romp.
It just comes up a little short compared to its predecessor – and could have benefitted from ‘the less is more’ scenario from the original.
But it’s undoubtedly another hit for the ‘Mouse House’ – and still packs an amiable punch.
Voice Cast: John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P Henson, Jack Mcbrayer, Jane Lynch, Alfred Molina, Alan Tudyk, Tim Allen, Brad Garrett, Anthony Daniels, Nicole Scherzinger, Vin Diesel & Ed O’Neill
Running Time: 1 Hr 52 Mins
Directors: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore
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