“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Review

Plot Synopsis:

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet–the Netizens–to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces–so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had (Rotten Tomatoes).

Review:

When I saw the trailer to “Wreck It Ralph” in 2012, it looked cute but I wasn’t quite sure how I was gonna feel about watching an animated movie full of video game references, but when I finally saw the movie on DVD- I was thoroughly shocked on how deep of a movie it was and I loved it. And with the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” I felt the same way!

The animation in this film is top notch and beautiful! There’s a lot of care and thought that went into this movie and you can really feel that! When Ralph and Vanellope get into the Internet, the world that’s created is truly breathtaking and it’s a visual sweet tooth’s dream! There’s a lot of visual gags and references that not only internet savvy people will get, but I believe a lot of people will see something they’ll understand!

The thing I really like about the plot in this film is there’s a clear understanding of the goal in the film. Sure, they may deviate from the main plot and they’ll explore various parts of the Internet, but it’s all for the big goal of buying a new steering wheel for Vanellope’s game. Another thing I like is there’s a clear understanding of the motivation for the characters: Wreck It Ralph wants to keep things the way it is, and Vanellope wants something new in her life- and these two different motivations cause conflict.

When I said the creators of the film put some thought and care into this, it wasn’t just the animation… it’s also for the culture of the Internet. There’s a scene where Ralph looks at comments from the knockoff YouTube site, and the way they handled trolls was a thousand times better than the lazy attempt “The Emoji Movie” did. The message behind the scene was that sure, the Internet can bring the worst out of people, but it’s not all bad.

The last thing I’ll say about this is I felt so many emotions in this film. I felt joy, happiness, laughter, and there were even scenes that made me shed a tear. The thing I love about this movie, and the previous movie, is the deeper messages hidden within. In “Wreck It Ralph” it was understanding who you really are, and accepting it. And in this one, it’s about the importance of friendship, and letting them do what makes them happy- even if it means you have to let them go for a bit.

Grade:

I was rocking with a solid 9/10 or a 9.5/10 as the credit were rolling, but then something happened after the credits (that I obviously can’t talk about) and it bumped it up to a solid 10/10 A+ Grade.

This movie has a lot of heart, it’s gorgeous, it’s a lot of fun, and it has a positive and vital lesson that I feel like kids and people need to see!

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Theatrical Release Review

Plot:

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. But his well-meaning mission unwittingly puts Santa Clause in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for all good little boys and girls everywhere! Who will save Christmas? (Ben Fancher IMDB)

Critique:

I remember the first time I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was the summer of 2014 (ironic, I know) and I remember absolutely adoring it ever since. Now there’s been, naturally, a debate whether this is a Halloween or a Christmas movie… my input is that it can be both. My tradition has been to watch this film every Christmas because I’ve never been able to watch this on Halloween, until this year.

Well, I guess October 26 is close enough to Halloween. Originally I wasn’t going to do this review because I felt like there wasn’t going to be much input I could provide on here that I couldn’t already tell you from the 5 other viewings I’ve had of this film, but alas, by popular demand I’m doing this review to also add my theater experience to this review.

The stop-motion style of this movie is top notch, and it’s incredible that it still holds up even after its 1993 release. The thing I noticed about it on the big screen, rather than the small screen that I’m used to, is you can see more details on the characters, including rips and tears in the clothes.

The score in this movie is so good, that I actually own it on iTunes, but the sound quality is much better in the theater, the bass is boosted, and you can hear every individual instrument all around you. The musical parts seem natural, and it helps the exposition of the film as it goes along. “This is Halloween” Kidnap the Sandy Claws” “Oogie Boogie’s Song” and “Finale/ Reprise” are still my favorite songs off the score, and it was neat to be able to hear them and gage some of the audience reactions to see which songs they liked.

Grade:

This is probably the most predictable review I’ve done, but since y’all wanted it y’all got it.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is in my top 3 all-time favorite Tim Burton films along with “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice” so this is already going to get a good grade.

I haven’t been able to see this in 3D yet, so until then it’s a 9/10 or an A.

The Incredibles 2 UPDATED Movie Review

I try not to make this sort of thing as a habit because I try to review movies as accurately as I possibly can, no matter what outside factors I’m faced with, however- I was so distracted by two teenagers talking next to me, ruining my experience, that I felt like that aspect didn’t allow me to judge the movie fairly.

Today I went and saw the movie again and had a MUCH better experience… So instead of going through the usual motions of describing the plot and all that, I’m going to provide a deeper analysis on what I picked up the second viewing of seeing this motion picture.

For starters, I immediately noticed that the animation quality is immensely improved from the first film… the colors are richer and more dynamic. The action in this movie is amazing, especially the scene with Elastigirl chasing a runaway train on a motorcycle. And I also love the fact that there’s a subtle time period this film takes place in, which looks like the 1960’s to me.

I’m still not a fan of Screenslaver after seeing this again, and wish The Underminer had a bigger role since I really wanted to see more of him. Speaking of villains, I’m calling this right now: if they make The Incredibles 3, I believe a grown up Jack Jack is gonna be the Villain because if his lack of control over his powers, and his potential as a threat to society could push him to the path of evil.

The movie goes through the basic superhero beats, but it keeps up the energy and charm that makes it stand out from other super hero films- and I like the fact that there’s a huge message in this film: that parenting is just as heroic as going around town in a costume, saving the day.

Taking in account all the things I noticed this time around, and the fact I had a more pleasant experience this time, I’m bumping up my rating of this film to a 8.5/10 or a B+

“The Incredibles 2” Movie Review

Plot:

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Review:

It’s been 14 years since the last “Incredibles” movie came out, a fact they addressed in the video package at the beginning of the film, so it’s safe to say that expectations were pretty high for this film, especially with how nearly perfect the first film was.

So, I’m just gonna get straight to the point with this, and I’m gonna address this right here and right now… This movie is not as good as the first Incredibles movie, but I had a feeling that was gonna be the case since the first movie was lightning in a bottle.

However, this is still a good movie in my opinion. The film takes place right after the end of the first movie, so Superheroes are still banned from society, which makes it extremely difficult since this movie centers on a whole family of superheroes, especially and infant that has no control of his powers.

The unique approach this movie took with Helen AKA Elastagirl going out on missions to help a spokesman get Superheroes unbanned while Bob AKA Mr. Incredible stays at home to help with the kids was a welcomed change to me. One of my favorite aspects of that whole subplot was Violet’s story on her struggling with a guy she likes while also having the responsibilities as a superhero, and of course she’s a teenager so she doesn’t really handle these situations the best way possible.

Now let me talk about the weakest part of this movie… The villain, Screenslaver. I’m sorry but there’s no way they were gonna beat Syndrome from the first one because he wasn’t just a villain, he was also a statement on how toxic a fan can get. And they tried to put some message with Screenslaver, but this message felt weaker to me.

Another observation I made (which was neither good or bad) was the fact that these other superheroes that appear in the film looks like a bunch of Fortnight reject skins, and I thought that was hilarious.

Grade:

This is still a good movie to me, but the villain sucked, there wasn’t as many laughs, and two teenagers just kept talking next to me. (That’s not the fault of the movie, I just wanted to mention it because I’m still heated about it.)

Incredibles 2 gets a 7.5/10 or a C+

“A Wrinkle in Time” movie review

Plot:

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

Review:

I knew going into this movie that I’m probably not the targeted audience for this film, and I was fine with that- but I thought it was a bad sign that the film opened with a video package from the director saying that the film is for people with child wonderment, and I took that as a sign that the studio had absolutely no confidence in this film.

Is this movie weird and trippy? Definitely! And I was rocking with it for the first half of the film because I was getting used to it… it’s just that last half that gets so absolutely bizarre and so nonsensical in the sniffing glue type of way that I felt myself getting lost in the film. There’s two movie tropes I absolutely cannot stand that this movie uses, and those tropes are ‘love is the answer, love conquers all’ and that Evil is nothing but a black cloud with tentacles and a deep voice. The reason I hate those tropes is because I find them lazy, and it was especially lazy here. The actors weren’t terrible, so I’ll give them that. But like I said, this isn’t a film made for me.

Grade:

I’ll give “A Wrinkle in Time” a 7/10 or a C. I didn’t love the movie, but I didn’t hate it either, it’s kinda Middle In The Road for me.