REVIEW: Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)

Directed by: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudkyk, Jack McBrayer

Written by Fernando Andrade

After Wreck-It Ralph hit the big screen back in 2012 and introduced us to the arcade world of Ralph and Vanellope, we get the long-awaited sequel which transports our characters to the vast world of the internet. Fully equipped with its product placement, Disney nostalgia, and Easter eggs, Ralph Breaks the Internet delivers much more than just eye candy. It tells a story about friendship, true friendship, one which everyone, young and old, should see.

Ralph Breaks the Internet takes place six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph. Both Ralph (John C. Rielly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) live rather simple lives in their world, following a pretty strict routine and rarely breaking from it – no pun intended. They see the sunrise, play their game – or as they call it “work”, and then goof off, going into other games, drinking root beer, and then the process repeats. Ralph is more than content doing the same thing over and over again, and so is Vanellope – to an extent. She is vocal about how easy her game has become, shes memorized all the tracks and finds no challenge in it anymore. So when a girl comes into the arcade ready to play her game, Ralph takes it upon himself to make a new track for her to hopefully give her a new sense of joy. When Vanellope starts taking control over the game, the girl playing ends up breaking the steering wheel causing her game to be unplugged. This sets our heroes on a journey through the internet to try and buy the missing part to save Vanellope’s game.

The surprising thing about Ralph Breaks the Internet is how deeply layered it is. The directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, along with their entire team, created a very intelligent movie, one which both children and adults can enjoy – which also happens to be a great sequel. Both Ralph and Vanellope develop as characters from the original movie in a very believable and earned way. A lot of that has to do with the incredible voice talents of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman who bring these characters to life. Its a true testament to how good both of them are when you are able to have such strong emotions watching a giant hobo and candy princess figure out their friendship while inside the world of the internet.

Speaking of the internet, the way it is portrayed in this movie is also very intelligent, sometimes even for its own good. Unlike other internet inspired movies like the abomination that is The Emoji Movie, Ralph Breaks The Internet does not prioritize the internet as it’s main engagement tool (that is strictly reserved for the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope). If anything the internet is just used as a vessel to get our characters to there ultimate destination, while along the way providing some great moments of comedy that is also extremely relatable (yes the princess scene is absolutely wonderful). It could be argued that the internet is this movies main selling point, as the trailers highlighted in depth, but once the movie transitions into the world wide web, it sticks with its characters every step of the way. That being said, at times the pacing suffers a little in the second act of the film when our heroes are deep within the internet world. At times some references can be really in your face and take you out of the movie, but the directors went about a clever way of trying to reduce that by creating their own websites where the majority of the movie takes place.

Ralph Breaks The Internet is one of the best animated films of the year, providing a very sincere and important message which everyone should witness. While it is littered with references and nods to familiar things, the relationship of Ralph and Vanellope, one that grows from the original movie, is front and center. We see them grow and change as characters which culminate in a very satisfying ending – one that is capable of causing tears, so you have been warned.

Fernando’s Rating:

4

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Welcome To The Internet In A Brand New Trailer for ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2″

““Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” 

Directed by: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer

Release Date: November 21st, 2018

Ralph Is Back In The First Trailer For ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making website “Buzztube.”

Directed by: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Daniels, Idina Menzel

Release Date: November 30th, 2018

Smurfs: The Lost Village Trailer

Hold on to your Smurf hats! The gang is back in for another outing on the big screen! 

Before I get into looking at this trailer I have to lay out my bias – I love Smurfs. Always have. I used to watch the animated series religiously & I had a huge collection of Smurf figures as well as their mushroom houses. As a result of this I was excited when ‘The Smurfs’ (2011) movie was announced & while I enjoyed it for what it was, I was a bit disappointed with the route they took – I didn’t want to see the Smurfs in our world, I wanted to see them in theirs. Now, thanks to Sony’s decision to reboot, it appears I finally get my wish.

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ is a fully animated feature set in the Smurfs world and it looks absolutely gorgeous. I got all nostalgic seeing those little blue guys, their village & even Gargamel & Azrael as I remember them, albeit updated with computer generated animation. The story seems fairly straightforward – a group of Smurfs (from what I can gather Smurfette, Hefty, Clumsy & Brainy) set off to discover the titular lost village after Smurfette catches a glimpse of a creature in the forest. I fully expect mishaps, side adventures & interference from Gargamel along the way. My only quibble is the humour – to me it feels a bit forced here, but hopefully that won’t be the case in the final cut of the movie.

For nostalgia alone, I will definitely be watching this one.

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ drops into UK cinemas on 31st March 2017

Written by Emma Ditchburn