Movie Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”- A Winning Friendship

Written by Ethan Butler December 12, 2018

To get this ball rolling let’s throw some facts your way. Ralph Breaks the Internet is the sequel to the 2012 Oscar nominated film Wreck it Ralph. Where the first dealt with a video game villain from a classic arcade game attempting to change his lot in life, this film finds Ralph venturing in to the World Wide Web alongside his friend Vanellope. Why are they doing this? Well, Vanellope’s game in the arcade is damaged, and they need to acquire a replacement part before it’s too late and shipped away. Along the way Vanellope starts to find her self drawn to a more unpredictable and exciting game, which would take her away from the safe but happy life and friendship with Ralph.  Ralph is desperate to hold on to their friendship, making some choices that almost jeopardize their friendship and the internet as well!

“Super exciting! Just one minor thing: what is an ‘internet’?”

Getting that out of the way, it’s time for the verdict….the film is good, actually kind of great! It moves at a pace that is good for adults and for kids alike. The scenes flow smoothly into one another. The animation is wonderful, with the internet coming to life in a variety of creative and unique ways. The script is tight, and explores themes that are presented in such a way that can be easily digested. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return to voice Ralph and Vanellope respectively. Their work is essential to the film’s success and they do indeed succeed. Bringing their characters to life with warmth, humour, and depth not found in some other animated films that have graced screens in years past (looking at you Emoji Movie).

Yet with all the praise seemingly being thrown at Ralph Breaks The Internet – much of which it deserves – it didn’t quite land the emotional punch that the first film did. Ralph’s speech in Wreck It Ralph as he plummets from the sky in the film’s climax just hit all the right notes. It still sings loud among the wave of sound found in the film world; this film attempts to have a similar moment, but it didn’t quite hit the same note. Of course this not quite living up to the first is a risk all sequels take, Ralph still does an admirable job despite not reaching the heights of the first.

“Well, well, well, who are you?”

That being said, the central theme of evolving friendships in the modern world is a potent one. One that is important for everyone, not just children to know and understand. Friendships change, and that’s okay. It’s nothing to be afraid of; sometimes letting go and putting trust in the friendship is what is needed. It doesn’t erase what came before, only opens new doors for a richer relationship. Ralph Breaks The Internet explores this through the insecurities both Ralph and Vanellope have about their current state of life. Ralph’s struggles are compelling, and does the film does land an effective punch to the heart.

It would be a grave mistake not to mention how fantastic the Disney princess scenes are. Saying more would ruin the fun, but oh boy they are a hoot. This along with a badass car racer brought to life by Gal Gadot add some wonderful girl power to the picture. The cool racer adds to the drama by presenting a new character that only adds to already mounting insecurities felt by Ralph regarding his friendship with Vanellope. Make sure to stay till the end of the credits, as the scene after them is a true treat.

“What kind of princess are you?”

In the end, Ralph Breaks the Internet is expertly animated, strongly written, and brought to life by a talented cast. However, it doesn’t quite reach the emotional heights or thrill of Wreck It Ralph.

My Rating: 7/10

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