Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.
As we strap ourselves in for some holiday kids fun, Wreck It Ralph returns to our movie screens to wreck the internet.
The movie rejoins our favourite characters from the first movie, in the arcade where they belong.
It seems as though we haven't missed much from their world since we last saw them.
With a very slow beginning we follow the misadventures of best friends Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz. Vanellope tells her best friend that she is becoming bored with doing the same mundane job everyday. It's always so predictable, something every adult can relate too. So best friend Ralph does what any best friend should do and helps his friend spice things up. So Ralph goes into Vanellope's game and creates her a new course. She gets excited over this but it doesn't end well. She fights against the control of outside human controller resulting in the steering wheel on her game being broken and her game becoming disconnected.
Ralph seeing this whole situation as his fault and tries to do everything her can to find a new steering wheel, after the manufacture has closed down.
The arcade owner installs a new device into the arcade called WiFi, an outlet that all game characters are forbidden to adventure into. Ralph overhears a human talking about a place called eBay on the internet. He sees this as the only way to fix Vanellope's game.
Ralph and Vanellope distract the guard at the WiFi outlet and pull their way through the caution tap to start their adventure to find eBay.
Adventuring to eBay opens up a new world of amazing adventures for the pair. The aim is to head to eBay to secure the new steering wheel for Vanellope's game. But the pair know nothing about the bidding process of eBay and win the steering wheel for more money then they can afford. How are they going to pay the bill?
The pair turn to popup ads to try and pay for their win, but the ad takes them to the underworld of the internet. They are forced to turn to the dark web for help.
As Vanellope is in the process of stealing her first high priced item, giving her a thrill race in a new world with no boundaries, they learn that there is a better way then to steal things for others.
Some advice from a fellow game character suggested that they try their hand at viral videos.
We all know the one rule of social media when you go viral. Don't read the comments. As Ralph is creating videos to save Vanellope's game and their friendship, Ralph gets caught up in the whole process and starts reading comments.
Vanellope was out in the internet trying to get clicks and hearts for Ralph's videos. She was sent to the Disney realm where she meets all the Disney princesses. Each one shares some knowledge with her about being an independent woman and empowering her to create her own path in life. A strong message for young people to get from the movie.
After the pair raise enough money and Ralph purchases the steering wheel, Ralph finds out at Vanellope will not be joining him on the trip back to the arcade but rather staying behind in a new internet car racing game. The friends forever remain best friends as they talk to each other every week and plan to catch up in person. Kids, this is what real adulthood is like.
I think this is a good movie for the kids but I think many of the messages are going to be lost on younger kids as they may not understand the hidden meanings.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
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