Verdict: A humorous and heartfelt depiction of friendship and the internet culture.
Wreck-It Ralph was a film that tackled gaming in a new way with a moral message at its core. Now, its sequel is gearing up to do the same with the internet and at an age where children are becoming familiar with online communities in early years, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Ralph Breaks the Internet is the perfect all-ages film that hides an emotional core in between the jokes.
What’s Ralph Breaks the Internet About:
Six years after the events of the first film, Wreck-It Ralph’s (John C. Reilly) life is perfect. He gets to hang out with his best friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) each day after work and the next day he gets to do it all over again. But then Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush breaks and the arcade owner, Litwak, can’t afford to get a replacement part and decides to unplug the game. Ralph and Vanellope now have to go on eBay through the newly connected Wi-Fi and on the way, discover many parts of the internet.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is generous with jokes. The Disney film is also self-aware, which only helps with bringing in more laughs. Ralph and Vanellope work well together and so do their dialogues. While Ralph can be a bit of a goof, Vanellope manages to be a mature one. There are plenty of characters that these two come across when they venture into the internet, and each of them is interesting. Shank (Gal Gadot) is a cool racer they find in the most dangerous online game – Slaughter Race, Yess (Taraji P. Henson) is an internet mogul who is the head algorithm the most popular video-sharing site, BuzzzTube, and Knowsmore (Alan Tudyk) is a search engine with an aggressive autofill are some of the characters who indirectly function like some of the other popular websites. There are sites like Twitter and Google which are directly acknowledged in clever ways but these don’t play a big role in the events of the film.
One of the most exciting moments of the film is the Oh My Disney website where you get to see many beloved Disney characters and even a cameo that will put a smile on your face. The Disney princesses are all aware of their tropes and Vanellope’s interaction with them helps both her and the princesses learn something from each other. Some favorites from the last film from Litwak’s arcade – Felix (Jack McBrayer) and Calhoun (Jane Lynch) – make an appearance as well.
Ralph Breaks the Internet’s central theme is friendship and it explores this well. This message will resonate well with children but it’s also neatly packaged that it will emotionally resonate with the adults.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the film makes a clever representation of the internet, it can be a bit visually overwhelming at times with a lot happening on the screen, but in a way, this also makes it more like the internet.
Why You Should Watch:
Disney knows how to get animated films right and Ralph Breaks the Internet is a must-watch for that reason. Even if you haven’t seen Wreck-It Ralph, you’ll find it easy to follow along. It’s smart, it’s funny, and most importantly, it’s immensely entertaining.
P. S. The film has a mid-credits and an after-credits scene.