November 29, 2018 – This is a solid sequel to the popular film “Wreck it Ralph” (2012). While it would be better to have more original films (more than half of the films now playing in Laramie theaters are either sequels or remakes) this is good entertainment.
This film picks up the characters from the first film seemingly happy in their video parlor home, but there is trouble in video paradise. Ralph's best friend, Vanellope von Schweetz, a fearless racer in the video car racing game Sugar Rush, has grown tired of the game's lack of variety. She would like more of a challenge, at least something different than the same old game scenarios.
Ralph tries to help by invading the Sugar Rush game and building a new detour for Vanellope to race on. When she takes the detour, the human game player tries to get the car back on the course. The struggle causes the game controller, a steering wheel, to break. The video parlor owner finds a replacement at Ebay, but it is too expensive, so he decides to sell the game for parts.
Ralph and Vanellope discover a way to get into the internet and that takes them on a journey through the internet to Ebay, to buy the steering wheel and have it shipped to the video parlor in time to prevent the Sugar Rush game from being sold.
The two manage to find Ebay and buy the item needed to save the game, but they have no money. They have to raise some money before the Ebay deadline to pay for the Sugar Rush steering wheel, or the deal is off.
The search for money leads them to an online game, Slaughter Race, in an attempt to steal a valuable race car in hopes of raising the money for the Ebay auction. The attempt fails, but Vanellope loves the Slaughter Race game. It is everything she dreamed of. It has everything missing in the Sugar Rush game. She also falls in with a bevy of Disney Princesses, who help her search for her own dream.
Ralph, afraid of loosing his best friend to the Slaughter Race game, plants a virus in the game to make it less attractive, and that causes major problems. In order to make things right with Vanellope and to come to grips with his own feelings, Ralph will have to fix the damage he has done.
There are a lot of funny pop culture references and internet references to go along with the film's central message about the nature of friendship. The story is heartwarming, funny and cleverly constructed, but it did seem a bit long at nearly two hours, which is long for an animated film. The film looks great, and there are some pleasant musical numbers. This film rates a B.
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