Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul’s Trip to the Movies recommends three sequels to watch this weekend!
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (theatrical release) Ralph and Vanellope have become very accustomed to living their lives inside the arcade in both of their video games. That all changes when the owner, Mr. Litwak, plugs a wi-fi router into their outlet. They have no idea what’s inside the Internet, but Vanellope’s always up for an adventure. Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush malfunctions when the steering wheel breaks off the machine. A couple of customers inform Mr. Litwak that the only replacement can be found on eBay for hundreds of dollars. Vanellope and Ralph hear this dilemma and head into the Internet hoping to find eBay, track down this hard to find steering wheel, and save her game. -Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch -Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (co-writer). Also worked on the Wreck-In Ralph and Zootopia -Much like what Pixar’s Inside Out did for the human brain, Ralph Breaks the Internet does the same thing by conceptualizing the world of the internet by creating a physical community that Ralph and Vanellope find themselves in. Social Media District, Google Tower, Twitter forest, eBay and so on. -Meets young kids where they are at as so many of them are buried in their devices. This is the world and language they know given how much time is spent watching videos, liking them, and following influencers. -Comes with the highs and lows as Ralph learns what it feels like to be trending and then reads the comments section on his videos. -John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are pure joy by tapping into that wide-eyed childhood innocence with their characters. They’ll have you grinning the entire time. -Jam-packed with jokes and funny references. -Disney goes meta by bringing in a variety of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar characters, as well as their Princesses adding in some self-deprecating humor against the princess tropes they’re known for. They are steering away from that traditional image in 2018, as Vanellope is a modern day princess young kids can aspire to be. -Action-filled car chase scenes that rival The Fast and Furious, which also starred Gal Gadot, a fellow driver who lives life on the wild side. -By the time it’s all over, parents may even shed a tear given its look at the meaning of friendships and chasing your dreams. Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Ralph Breaks the Internet surpasses the original. Wildly creative and clever RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS CREED II (theatrical release) It’s been thirty years since Russian athlete Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed in the ring. In this age of reboots and reunions, Creed II takes a similar approach to Rocky IV by reuniting Creed and Drago in the ring, but this time it’s their next generation of boxers. Boxing promoter Buddy Marcelle sees an opportunity to pit Apollo’s son, Adonis, up against Ivan’s son, Viktor. Despite being the heavyweight champion, Adonis feels the need to prove himself and avenge his father’s death. His wife, mother, and mentor Rocky Balboa are all against his decision. Creed II is a story of fathers and sons, carrying on a family legacy while paving a new and stable path for Adonis and his family. -Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu -Picking up 30 years after Rocky IV, but you don’t really need to see that as there’s enough backstory written into this script. Unlike that movie which is more of a revenge story for Rocky to fight against Ivan, Creed II opens up this story to everyone involved. -Story of fathers in sons, passing down a family legacy Adonis/Apollo, Viktor/Ivan, and Rocky battling with the notion of reuniting with his son -The family unit is front and center for Adonis and Bianca to the point of it being about the journey to a new life outside the ring if that’s what’s better for their family unit as we see Bianca’s music career take off -I love the paternal/mentor relationship between Rocky and Adonis that continues to play out in these movies. We see the ups and downs as they don’t always see eye to eye regarding the match. Rocky’s slowing down and can’t always be there to pick Adonis back up again -Michael B. Jordan is completely raw and open here. Yes, he certainly gets a beating in the ring and in training but it’s the vulnerable and emotional weight that he easily carries that gives the movie its soul. He’s growing as a husband, father, and the man he wants to be versus the man he thinks he should be. -Wonderful supporting performances from Tessa Thompson as Adonis’ wife Bianca and Phylicia Rashad as his mother. -Far better than it should have been given that the story is mimicking Rocky IV to an extent. I didn’t expect to be quite as emotional as I was by the end of Creed II. Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? The Creed movies are proving that the Rocky franchise is more than just a simple boxing movie. RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS INCREDIBLES 2 (home release) The Incredibles have to be careful, as being super heroes is considered unlawful in the city. When the Underminer wreaks havoc on the city, they feel no choice but to step in and save the day. Teenage daughter Violet is in full teen angst mode as she’s told to watch after baby Jack-Jack, and then on top of that, she exposes her real identity to one of her classmates. Mr. Incredible and his wife Helen/Elastigirl are taken into custody after all is said and done due to the destruction on the city. Their pal Frozone ices his way out of there without notice. They’re not the only ones frustrated with the laws set in place against super heroes. Businessman and tycoon Winston Deavon and his sister Evelyn are looking to fund a program to get super heroes back in good graces again by setting up publicity for them. They choose Elastigirl to be their first model as the evil Screenslaver makes his mysterious presence known. As she’s off working, Mr. Incredible is playing the role of stay at home dad for the first time. Violet is moody, son Dash is excessively energetic, and then there’s Jack-Jack, who starts to unleash uncontrollable powers of his own. -Featuring the voices of: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener -It’s been fourteen years since Pixar created their own super hero movie, and Incredibles 2 is well worth the wait. -It’s continual proof of Pixar’s magic as the special effects utilized are far more impressive than your standard live-action blockbuster. -The movie is part super hero action flick and part comedy thanks to the scene-stealing Jack-Jack. If he was a darling little cutie in the first one, now he’s turned into one of Pixar’s funniest characters to date. -Incredibles 2 is a celebration of parenthood, and the incredibly hard work everyone puts in to be the heroes of their family and the collaboration it takes to make the whole family unit work. -Pixar wants the audience to question stereotypical social and gender norms with making Elastigirl the working mom with Mr. Incredible being the stay at home dad. He learns quickly how much work it is to be a stay at home parent. -Parents will want to take note that there is one sequence that is quite dark and possibly too scary for little littles going in.