In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.
What We Thought:
Ralph Breaks the Internet isn’t as good as Wreck-It Ralph. It’s good, but I like the first one a lot more. I loved the first one and I think it’s one of Disney’s best films of the past 30 years. Others I know think this sequel is better than the first film and I understand why. I’ll explain the difference.
For me, the first film is about nostalgia. It’s about video games during an era that I liked video games. They were fun and I know the graphics weren’t great, but we didn’t care. The first film is nothing but fantastic references and jokes to stuff I liked. From early games like Q-Bert to indirect references to Street Fighter, I dug it.
This films finds Ralph and Vanellope going into the internet to make money to buy a steering wheel for Vanellope’s game. Yes I am writing this for the internet, but I’m not a big fan of today’s meme-based world. I don’t like the terms break the internet/broke the internet. I don’t spend my day watching dumb videos on YouTube nor do I care how many “likes” anything of mine gets. I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to that stuff with internet users but that’s me. The people I know who liked this movie more than the first one liked it because of those reasons. I’d rather the nostalgic feel of the first one than Ralph making viral videos. I’m also not someone into Disney princesses so most of those scenes didn’t do much for me. In fact, I didn’t even know who the one princess was.
That being said I still enjoyed Ralph Breaks the Internet. It does have laughs and is something I’d watch again, but it’s not the classic the first film is. It’s going to make a boat load of money over the holiday break and it’s a good watch for families. It’s cute and has great characters, but it lacks the heart warming feel of Wreck-It Ralph.
Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Timothy Simons, Ali Wong, Hamish Blake, Glozell Green and Taraji P. Henson.
Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Producer: Clark Spencer