Another sequel for a fairly dormant franchise is released. The sequel to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ picks up 6 years after the original, with the titular Ralph and his newfound friend Vanellope enjoying themselves after saving the arcade until Vanellope’s game ‘Sugar Rush’ is decommissioned after the steering wheel is destroyed, forcing Ralph and Vanellope out onto the internet in search of a new steering wheel. There are many, many positive role models in this film, especially but not only Ralph’s vulnerability and loyalty as a character that only wants the best for his best friend. Vanellope is a brace and risk-taking character that is eager to experience new things. Kids can also take away many messages from themes of empathy, trust and loyalty-brought out through Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship. The film also asks some heavy existential questions for a kid’s film- posing ideas as to whether or not internet fame is truly worth it and asking what are the things in life that really matter. The film also makes a point of indirectly teaching kids about the internet and tech as well as many facets of popular culture.
John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as Ralph and Vanellope, respectively. Both actors continue to create an atmosphere of camaraderie between their characters and craft a believable and engaging friendship. The movie, like the original, is full of heart and charming to a tee, from every single character to the quintessential pop culture easter egg. Particularly welcome new characters are Gal Gadot’s Shank, who comes off as an endearing big-sister mentor to Vanellope and Taraji P. Henson’s internet algorithm Yesss(that's not a typo, it's actually the character’s name) that guides Ralph through internet stardom. The film occasionally has creative and charming humor, particularly when the movie is poking fun at its parent studio and criticizes many of the tropes of ‘Disney princess’ stories. However, this humor is quickly dulled by the quick attempts to get laughs by poking fun at social media and the internet- like so many films have done before it. As a result of this inconsistency, the film comes off as somewhat forgetful and uninventive. The final criticism I have is that the messages of the film could have perhaps be delivered with a bit more subtlety and nuance.
To conclude, the beautifully animated ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ is an endearing and heartwarming film with charming characters, however, it is ultimately burdened by its inability to foster creativity and maintain its humor throughout the film. Nonetheless, this is definitely a film that the whole family can enjoy.