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Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Review

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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.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I didn’t expect much from Wreck it Ralph, and like many people, I found myself delighted by the first film. When I heard that Disney was making a sequel I was super excited.

5 of 5


The vast array of characters they shoved into this movie bloated it. Which is sad, because I think I lot of people, including me, wanted more of the characters from the first movie. Instead, the film left them behind.

Ralph learned a lot in the first movie—one of the reasons it was so enjoyable. It seems the creators took some of Ralph’s progress and left us with the old, selfish, not-so-bright Ralph. He made several decisions during the film that felt forced.

Vanellope almost had a more interesting character arc than Ralph, but the fact that she couldn’t talk to her best friend of six years tells me that any relationship they had was deeply flawed.

There wasn’t really a bad guy until the end. Sometimes that works, but I felt it didn’t help this movie.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

I did care what happened—for the first half of the movie. Then everyone got stupid and I didn’t care as much.

3 of 5

Plot Holes

It wasn’t so much plot holes, it was more like there was too much plot. Too many characters with too many things going on. I got lost and wasn’t sure who or what I should be cheering for.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I rolled my eyes a few times, but didn’t yawn.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

The cool factor is off the charts for this movie. Everything about how the internet appeared to Ralph was brilliant. The computer animation is awesome. I laughed at all of the social media references and in general loved the look and feel of the film.

5 of 5

The End

The end left me feeling…empty. The theme of the film got lost a few times, and the resolution wasn’t my favorite. Watch it for yourself, but I probably won’t watch it again.

However, I do have to say that the very last bit after the credits was hilarious. The kids won’t get it, but my husband and I laughed and laughed.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went into this expecting  more video game fun with strong bonds of friendship and an expanding circle of characters. What I got was a flood of new characters, a flat ending and more plot points that went nowhere than any four movies should have.

We were in a huge theater on a Saturday afternoon. The entire row in front of us was 10 year old boys from a birthday party. I didn’t hear them laugh much. Our row was mostly adults. I didn’t hear them laugh much. I feel like the writers of this movie tried to please too many audiences and came away with a meh movie.

Although, the Disney princesses were awesome! See it for that at least. And stay for the after-the-credits bonus.

3 of 5


Total: 30

That’s a Green Belt!

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Halloween Movie Time!

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Sometimes I take the month of October and watch all of my favorite scary movies. I’m not sure I’ll get through them all this year, but I do have a list.

I should preface this will the fact that I don’t watch many R-rated movies, so this is a list of my favorite Halloween PG-13 or less movies. Along with a quote that I love from the movie.


“Mrs. Peacock was a man!?!”

Although this whole move is basically one big quote.

The Mummy

“I am a librarian!”


Private Eyes

“For a short person, you have long sentences.”


The Burbs

“Now they know that we know that they know that we know.”


Ghostbusters (the original)

“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!”


Watcher in the Woods

“Something awful happened here.”


Honorable mentions are:

The Sixth Sense

The Others


What are your favorite Spooky movies?

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The Power of Expectations

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I once heard a speaker—a man who had spent years of his life helping repair broken marriages—say that the most deadly threat to a relationship was unfulfilled expectations.

Now there are a lot of reasons that two people who once fell in love fall away from one another and then apart. Expectations may not be the biggest factor, but it is a factor.

I’m not professional counselor, and we’re not here to talk about marriages. No, instead I’m going to talk about expectations in entertainment.

Dunkirk. I had a bunch of people tell me that this was not the movie they expected. Personally, I had hoped to see this incredible moment in British WW2 history played out through the eyes of a couple of characters that I cared about, cheered for and cried when one of them died. Because how else are you going to really get under people’s skin?

Even after several trusted friends warned me, and my expectations were low, I still didn’t like the movie.


Well, because while it portrayed an incredible moment in British WW2 history played out through the eyes of a couple of characters, I was only somewhat invested in one character. And I didn’t feel anything the moment tragedy struck him.  The editing was strange. The time jumps weren’t clear from the beginning, and made the film confusing.

I went in expecting a war movie from the perspective of civilians (the rescuers in the boats) and instead got an artsy movie about war with an annoying sort of air-raid siren sound in background of the entire first hour. I assume it was supposed to build tension. It only served to irritate me. Irritated customers do not come back. Irritated customers do not recommend the experience to their friends.

On the other hand, the hubby and I went to see Pacific Rim Uprising a few weeks ago.

What were we expecting?

That’s easy. Giant robots fighting giant monsters held together by a flimsy plot that would probably do nothing more than move the film from fight to fight. They didn’t sell it as anything more.

What did we get? Giant robots, fighting giant monster, giant robots and aliens. With a decent plot that indeed kept the moving going between fights. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t as much fighting as I had expected, but hey, I still enjoyed it.

See that last phrase? I still enjoyed it.

That doesn’t mean Pacific Rim Uprising was the best movie I’ve seen this year, but I left it feeling entertained. We laughed, we admired the action sequences, I enjoyed the completely cliché characters and we only made fun of the plot holes a little.

We enjoyed it because it met our expectations.

A film that went beyond that was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

I expected funny and stupid. I got so much more! I won’t go into it, you can see my review here, but instead of meeting my expectations, this movie exceeded those expectations. I loved the new Jumanji.

Not just enjoyed, but loved.

This leads me to a simple conclusion.

If I want readers to come back for more of my books I need to, at the very least, meet their expectations. Those come from my cover and the blurb of my book.

But if I want them to love my stories and be clamoring for more, I’m going to have to figure out how to exceed those expectations. This is how I stay in healthy relationships with my readers.

What books or film have either met, exceeded your expectations? Which ones have left you wishing you would have used that time doing something different? Comment below!

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