Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
The sequel to 2012’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is an entertaining jaunt into the world of the internet, with our arcade game protagonists Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) off on a hunt to find a new steering well for Vanellope’s broken, and soon to be decommissioned game. After the retro, nostalgic fun of the original film, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is an attempt to update the narrative to the present day, and the film has a lot of joy in its depiction of the inner workings of the internet whilst cementing the core relationship between Ralph and Vanellope.
This film is a little lighter on story and I wasn’t as engaged by the journey the characters go on, however it maintains the original’s sense of fun and the ‘internet’ elements are really well rendered. The characters come across a variety of major online sites such as Amazon, Ebay and Twitter, alongside the dark web, annoying pop-up’s and a ‘Which Disney Princess are you?’ quiz which is arguably the funniest sequence in the entire film. Yet beneath the humour there’s a satirical edge to the way a lot of this plays out with almost a veiled critique at internet usage and the toxic nature of it at times, particularly shown in a sequence when Ralph inadvertently wanders into the comments section. The chemistry between Silverman and Reilly is sweet, and the film gets some good mileage out of deconstructing Ralph’s attempts to always be Vanellope’s hero, using humour to keep the tone light whilst still making valid points.
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is an enjoyable sequel to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and whilst the narrative didn’t truly hook me, there’s enough laughs in the material to keep the whole family entertained throughout.
Directed By: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Bill Hader, Flula Borg, Hamish Blake, Ali Wong, GloZell Green, Timothy Simons, Sam Richardson, Horatio Sanz, Alex Moffat, June Squibb, Phil Johnston, John DiMaggio, Ana Ortiz, Jason Mantzoukas and Raymond S. Persi