Review of 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

wreck_it_ralph_2.jpg When the Sugar Rush arcade game cabinet at Litwak's Arcade is damaged the owner does not have the money to replace it. With the star of the game (and the original Wreck-It Ralph movie) Vanellope's (voiced by Sarah Silverman) future at stake Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) travels with her to the Internet via the arcade's newly installed Wi-Fi router to find the part before time runs out. They quickly realise that while you can get whatever you want on the Internet it comes at a cost. Desperate for money after winning an eBay auction they talk to pop-up advertiser J.P. Spamley (voiced by Bill Hader) who offers them some advice. Ralph and Vanellope enter the online game “Slaughter Race” to steel a car driven by the lead character Shank (voiced by Gal Gadot) they plan to sell to cover the part they won in the auction. Ralph is concerned when he finds Vanellope enjoys the racing action of “Slaughter Race” so much she is considering staying. Hoping to Ralph has a word with Spamley about a virus that promises to make the game a little less appealing, but viruses tend to be a bit unpredictable…

The original “Wreck-It Ralph” film was a surprise hit with it's nostalgic view of old-time arcade games and characters. Here the sights are firmly set on the modern Internet with in-jokes galore. The action is also stepped up a few notches with most scenes full of frenetic activity so much so that when I saw it on the big screen already feeling a bit under the weather I had to close my eyes for some parts to stop my head from swimming (but that was just me!) and the plot quite a bit more sophisticated and nuanced than the original. Vanellope continues to be the young girl striving to find her way in the world while her friend Ralph continues to bumble his way alongside – Both loveable with their charm and obvious character flaws.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a light-hearted, fun film that, refreshingly, has a bit of a surprise ending. Once again, the animation is superb and the imagination and wit of the filmmakers is plain to see that will entertain both the young and old.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2018-12-22

Directed by: Phil Johnson

Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Year: 2018

Length: 112 minutes

Genre: Animation