Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Ralph Breaks the Internet
Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Writer: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Sequel to: Wreck-It Ralph
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Sean Giambrone, Flula Borg, Timothy Simons, li Wong, June Squibb, Dianna Agron, Jason Mantzoukas, Vin Diesel, Nicole Scherzinger, Irene Bedard, Kristen Bell, Jodi Benson, Auli’i Cravalho, Jennifer Hale, Kate Higgins, Linda Larkin, Kelly Macdonald, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Paige O’Hara, Pamela Ribon, Anika Noni Rose, Ming-Na Wen
Seen on: 30.1.2019

The arcade is going rather well and Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) enjoy being best friends. But Vanellope is starting to get increasingly bored with the limitations of her game. When Ralph tries to help, things don’t go as he planned and Vanellope finds herself with a broken game. In an attempt to find the necessary replacement, Ralph and Vanellope go into the internet – which opens a whole new world for them. But one that isn’t without its pitfalls, either.

Wreck-It Ralph was already a whole lot of fun, and Ralph Breaks the Internet did take things up a notch for me – simply because the internet is much more my area of “expertise” than computer games. I really, really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing Ralph standing on a wife sign that floats through a city filled with social media icons. Vanellope is standing on his shoulder.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is almost like one giant reference to “internet stuff” in all directions. And it’s not just referencing things, it’s nicely making fun of them with some extremely well-placed jokes. It does have a plot, too, but it does take a back seat compared to all the jokes.

I especially loved the Disney Princesses and everything surrounding Slaughter Race, although I did find it kinda creepy how much chemistry Vanellope and Shank (Gal Gadot) have, given that Vanellope is so very childlike. I usually enjoy wlw-vibes, but in this case maybe not.

Ralph with Vanellope sitting on his shoulder, aksing about something at an information desk with a green woman.

Other than that, though, Ralph Breaks the Internet was pure, unadulterated fun. And I really liked how they portrayed the internet. Of course, not everything fits into their imagery seamlessly, but it works for the most part – and that is quite impressive.

It definitely pays to watch the film – and to stay through the credits. In fact, that pays off twice, the first time maybe a little more than the second time. In any case, you will be entertained, I am sure.

Ralph and Vanellope in a sports car, driving away from Shank.

Summarizing: extremely enjoyable.

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