Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Review
Here's our take on the Wreck-It Ralph sequel!
Wreck-It Ralph Is Back!
A follow-up the surprise 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet has our lovable not-so-bad guy traversing the world wide web to help his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz find a part to her broken video game before it gets shut down forever. Taking place six years later we find Ralph and Vanellope going through their daily routine day after day. This film brings these naive characters into the dangerous world of the internet in a race against time. It's a fun-filled adventure with a great message and some hysterical moments for fans of the online world.
The cast does a fantastic job bringing their characters to life and developing them further with losing what we like about them in the first place. John C. Reilly and Sarah SIlverman play so well off each other and you care so much about their infectious relationship which is at the center of the story. New characters like Gal Gadot's Shank and Bill Hader's J.P. Spamley are memorable and give the online world a more dangerous and strange feel from the wholesome video game world of Litwak's Arcade. Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, and Alfred Molina also help flesh out the vast digital universe in significant roles. It's got superb voice acting which grounds the fantastic plot in real emotion.
The genius animators outdo themselves here by bringing different animation styles together in a world that doesn't feel at all disjointed. There are some magnificent sequences in the internet that make you wonder how they achieve such detail. Whether these artists are bringing to life every aspect of the Walt Disney company from Star Wars to Marvel and beyond or crafting intimate and epic sequences with every single Disney (and Pixar) princess, they do it all with vibrancy and total commitment to the legendary characters. It's a stunning world they've created from the gritty underbelly of the dark net to the rich and colorful high traffic area of ebay.
This is a must-see family film. It's Disney again doing what they do best with a solid, meaningful story, delightful writing, wonderful acting, and astonishing animation. This one's also got a beautiful score from Henry Jackman that supports the emotionally powerful moments on screen. I'd be excited to see another film from this team as Rich Moore and Phil Johnston prove that they are two of the best directors at a studio full of talented people. It's message of chasing your dreams and what it means to be a good friend will always be relevant even if the plethora of internet jokes might not. I give Ralph Breaks the Internet an 8.5 out of 10.