REVIEW: Ralph Breaks the Internet [2018]

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edited March 11 in Movie Reviews

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PEx Rating: 8/10

The year of 2018 is the year of reboots, remakes and sequels. The Mouse House animation studios namely Pixar and Disney Animation joined the game just the same. From Pixar, the long-awaited sequel to the story of our beloved Incredibles family garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Disney Animation in turn chose to give us a sequel to the eponymous character Wreck It Ralph. So how does Ralph Breaks the Internet fare up then?
Well, I would be happy to tell you that Rich Moore and Phil Johnston give us a charming, funny and worthy sequel about the friendship of Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) that will surely wreck box office. The duo takes us from the arcade game environment into the realm of World Wide Web and puts the concept of friendship to the center of it.

The story picked up 6 years after the events of the first film; changes on arcade environment have been made including our game characters’ daily routine and the existence of a new connection called WiFi. Ralph being good on wrecking things caused the Sugar Rush game console to break, making him and Vanellope forced to evacuate all of Sugar Rush residents before Mr. Litwak (Ed O’ Neill), the owner of Litwak’s Family Fun & Arcade center decides to unplug it. To fix things, the duo sneak in the new connection and embark on the journey to find replacement to the broken part.
Just when you thought that Incredibles 2 animation is perfect and flawless, wait until you see this new installment. As an improvement to its 2012 animation, Disney incorporates the best-looking CGI to date in this latest feature. The animation is too realistic and precise, every parts and details are spot on. By far, this is the most realistic animation I saw in a while. If it is not an animated feature, you might say that this is a live action film actually. There is a scene in this film where a storm trooper stands and by looking at it closely, it accurately resembles a real storm trooper from Star Wars film.

The creativity of world building and selection of vibrant colors add a feeling of wonder to it. Its representation of Internet certainly deserves some praise. Internet as technical as it is, is simplified and made in a child friendly and comical way. As we delve into the Internet environment, every scene becomes so busy and full innuendos. It presents the basic things we always do in our computers and mobile phones. We browse the internet, search, tweet, buy things and all other stuff, we even experience the annoying ads and ad block we use to defeat them. Literal interpretation of things adds more humor to it. Internet traffic represented as car traffic, tweets as birds, virus as literal virus, ads as annoying characters and so forth. However, due to its basic representation of it, it failed to address serious aspects of what Internet really is. Even its way of killing a virus in the end is undeniably wrong. You cannot sympathize with it unless you kill it with anti-virus.
The journey of our characters in this world is full of expositions. Ralph and Vanellope exploring every aspect of Internet as new to them. They are like children slowly getting grasp of new things. Here, they learn how they can search, bid and buy items, and learn to use of credit cards. Ralph even learn to make memes and trending video which in return generates cash, but then with all the good things the Internet provides is also the bad effects it can generate.

Vanellope’s dream to be just a racer of Sugar Rush changed. She wants to discover new things this time around, hates the usual things and games they kept playing again and again.  In the internet she found the “new thing” in the world of Slaughter Race where she meets Shank (Gal Gadot). The story of the two paired up when it teaches how friendship works. The narrative is more successful in imbuing the message of friendship rather than its commentary about internet toxicity. It is due to the fact that in the middle of it, Disney makes it more of a products placement featuring characters from every Mouse House owned properties that do not even help the story itself. But the film taking jab on Disney princesses’ tropes is a fair way to balance it. Besides, seeing characters like Groot, C3PO, Buzz Lightyear etc. is a fun thing to see most especially if you are a fan of these franchise characters.

In its voice talents, John Reilly once again gives us a voice with pathos and bravado. Sarah Silverman with her annoyingly cute voice perfectly embodies what Vanellope is. Gal Gadot voice turns out be a stand out from the new voice roles. She serves as the voice of reason and a big sister to Vanellope. Her conceited take on voicing Shank gives it a thug feel. Taraji Henson as Yesss is a bit of a letdown. Her usual strong voice is kind of toned down here.
There is a musical sequence here that will remind you a lot of La La Land’s Another Day of Sun which seems to be its greatest takeaway. Slaughter Race scenarios also provide impressive action sequences. And there is a scene in the third act that resembles King Kong final moments. There would be more as you go along should you chose to watch it keenly.

Overall, it might not be as deep as its predecessor but its moral lessons, visual creations and numerous Easter eggs addition are enough reasons for you to see it. Ralph Breaks the Internet is the break you and your family need. On a final note, do not leave the theater just as the credit rolls because a final surprise awaits you. Well, I guess you know it already because that is how Disney films work these days. 

Director: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston; Written By: Phil Johnston & Pamela Ribon; Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alfred Molina, Alan Tudyk & Ed O'Neill; Running Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes; MTRCB Rating: G (General Audiences)
Images: Youtube/ Disney Pictures

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in all PH cinemas starting Nov. 21

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