Six years after leading the charge in the ridiculously creative and really retro family classic, ‘Wreck It Ralph’, the lumbering video game villain is back, now as a hero, and like any 80’s-pixel creation, he’s taking on the next frontier – the world wide web.
‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’, save for the pretty obvious concept….I mean, really, where ELSE would you send these characters?….is, like the original, inventively fun. The picture has a whole lot of heart, i.e. a great message for the kids to take home, but rest assured – you’ll ALL have a good time getting there.
In the sequel, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), the best buddy of Ralph (John C. Reilly), admits that she is bored with the same ‘everything’, every day. Her race game, ‘Sugar Rush’, has become very routine. Then a part breaks on the ‘Sugar Rush’ console, with the arcade owner figuring it’s too expensive to replace….meaning that, once the game is unplugged, Vanellope is homeless. Suddenly, her ho-hum existence isn’t the BIGGEST problem.
Ralph decides to hit the internet with his friend, via the arcade’s new wi-fi connection, to buy the only real-world part available to repair ‘Sugar Rush’. And, thanks to high-speed connection, we’re hit with an onslaught of social media jokes, a world of Disney Princesses (a bit that’s priceless, btw), etc., etc.
Coming down the pike not long after the pop-culture-packed ‘Ready Player One’, a film that piled on 80’s nostalgia, ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ is an exercise that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which helps the moral medicine – in this case, an underlying message about making new friends while keeping old ones – go down with ease.