Theatrical Reviews

Ralph Breaks The Internet Review

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Studio:
Walt Disney Pictures   

What’s It About?
When the steering wheel for videogame Sugar Rush breaks in the real world, Ralph and Vanellope have to enter the internet to try to raise enough money to buy a new one and save Venellope and her game.   

Who’s In It?
John C Reilly (Step Brothers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, & more recently Stan & Ollie)
Sarah Silverman (School Of Rock, A Million Ways To Die In The West, & more recently Masters Of Sex)   

Other notables include:
Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 7, Batman vs Superman, & more recently Wonder Woman)
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Big Hero 6, & more recently Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)   

Director: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia)   

Audiences Expect:
Six years on from the original , which took just shy of half a billion dollars worldwide ($471), Wreck-It Ralph has earned a sequel. On this occasion he is not just breaking out of his game, but causing chaos throughout the internet, and his reward has been the second largest Thanksgiving opening in US Box Office history.
After losing interest in always being the bad guy in his fictional videogame, Ralph breaks into other arcade games in the original, befriending Vanellope from the racing game Sugar Rush. This time round, Ralph is more than happy with his lot and with his friendship – more than content with repeating his happy day ad infinitum.
But when Vanellope expresses a desire for something out of the ordinary, he obliges by creating a new race track for her, leading to unintended consequences of the arcade steering wheel in the real world being broken by an overeager player. The only problem is that the only steering wheel left in existence is on Ebay for $200, and the arcade owner is not prepared to shell out, so it is up to Ralph and Vanellope to enter the internet – which causes problems of its own.
A vast improvement on the somewhat monotonous original, Ralph Breaks The Internet is certainly not short of action or colour. There are some excellent knowing jokes particularly concerning the Disney princesses exchanging advice with Vanellope, but in truth this movie is a little by the numbers with outcomes a foregone conclusion, and jeopardy fairly non existent.
At times, it feels like a cross between Toy Story, Inside Out and Ready Player One, but falls short of all of those films. The voice performances are all solid, and it will no doubt do brisk business, but it is by no means a classic arcade game.       

In A Nutshell:
An intriguing premise which is a vast improvement on the original, but is still a little predictable and unremarkable.  

Highlight:
The jokes around the Disney princesses   

Lowpoint:
A little by the numbers and unremarkable

 

Certificate: PG

EDITOR’S CHOICE