Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Six years after “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Venellope (Sarah Silverman) head to the Internet to find a spare part for the Sugar Rush arcade game.
This movie has to be one of the best visual representations of the World Wide Web I’ve ever seen committed to screen. Every frame is packed with information and fun references to well-known products and services we use on the web every day. While also delivering a not-so-subtle reminder that Disney owns the rights to almost every intellectual property that makes bank at the box office.
Corporate branding, popups, viruses, scams, games, searching, and nasty online comments, it all here. Algorithms, auto-complete, and even how information is packaged before being sent on a network, is somehow described in an inventive way. This film could almost pass for an “Introduction to the Internet” college course. It’s also hilarious. Every scene with the Disney princesses had me in tears!
Under the hood of this super colorful beautifully animated film, beats the heart of a genuinely touching story about friendship, insecurities, and even anxiety. As Ralph and Venelope explore the internet, they discover new possibilities, which will require their friendship to adapt or die. How this all plays out is a little predictable, but the film never feels overly sappy or melodramatic. The balance between sentiment, humor, and action is just about perfect. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a film the entire family can enjoy.
Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Directed by: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Screenplay by: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr 52 min.