Aside from “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (which was a HUGE disappointment in my books), the sequel to “Wreck it Ralph”, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, was the only other movie that I was really looking forward to this November. I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment, and I loved that John C. Reilly’s Ralph and Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz were two very different characters when it comes to Disney films. Thankfully, the sequel was an enjoyable watch and had me tear up in certain parts (take note, I am a big crybaby and have cried/teared up in a lot of Disney films), and tackled a very interesting and relevant topic in terms of friendship. However, at certain times, it did feel like that there was a lot going on, and a lot of other themes aside from the main theme that were also being put out there, that sometimes the main theme itself gets lost in it. Nevertheless, it was a fun film, and a great palate cleanser after the disappointment that was “Fantastic Beasts 2”.
The movie is set six years after the events of the first film. Here, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and her best friend Ralph (John C. Reilly) go into the vast world of the Internet as they race against time to find a replacement item for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush, after it got broken, causing the game to get unplugged. Along the way, they rediscover themselves as individuals and come to terms as well with the evolving state of their friendship.
Some of the best parts of the film, apart from the main theme and story itself, is how this film gives us an actual visual and uncannily pretty accurate representation of what the Internet is like, all the way from the online games to social media sites, the search bar, sites like ebay, the Dark Web, pop up ads and clickbait articles. It also, interestingly enough, teaches us about viral videos and how that works. One big theme that the movie does impart is how people can get lost in being an online video celebrity, and how toxic that comments section can be.
Going into this film, we knew that there was going to be a lot of product placement, especially when it came to Disney. However, I’m glad that it wasn’t too overwhelming and too much, and I was just delighted by every interaction Vanellope had with the Disney Princesses. (They even got most of the original voice actors to reprise their roles for this film!)
Ralph and Vanellope’s relationship is truly special when you think about the different relationships in the Disney canon, and I’m glad that we have two characters in which we can explore different themes when it comes to a good and healthy relationship as friends. The main point of the film actually talked about how toxic a friendship can be when one gets too clingy on the other, and when that gets in the way of pursuing other interests or dreams. It also tackles, later on, the whole concept of long distance relationships, but with friendship, which can also be difficult as well. However, this theme, although the main one, kind of got lost in the mix of everything that was happening, which, made the emotional impact of it lesser than it should have been.
The animation and creativity behind the movie, however, was great; and the voice cast delivered in turn.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” does suffer from having too much to say, but it was still enjoyable, and it still got to explore Ralph’s and Vanellope’s friendship that hit the mark when it needed to.
Now, you know the drill! There will be spoilers from here on out!
One of the best things about the movie, as mentioned earlier, was its visual representation of the Internet, and how it teaches us a bit about viral videos and the dangers that come with it as well. This part is not only educational, but it also shows us how dangerous it can be and how easy it is for online celebrities to get caught up in everything, as well as how toxic the comments section can be. It is also very interesting to see the entire scope of the online community versus the video/arcade game community, which is smaller in scope than what’s available and what is there on the Internet.
The major theme of the movie, is the friendship between Vanellope and Ralph. Six years have gone by since the events of the past movie, and based on that montage in the opening of the film which showed us them talking and having fun with each other every time the arcade lights went out, we can see that they’ve just been doing the same things everyday. So, when Vanellope is talking about how her game is starting to get broing because its too predictable now and just the same all the time, she’s actually referringt o her life. She wants something more out of it. Whereas Ralph is very comfortable with where he is it at, and, to be honest, there is also nothing wrong with that either.
However, what was wrong was that Ralph ended up being too clingy too Vanellope to the point that he can’t do anything without her, and kind of lost his identity as his own self.
So, their little trip inside the Internet didn’t really test their friendship, because no matter what, they will always and forever be friends, but what it did was open up their eyes to the new state of their friendship. After all, all friendships evolve, but it usually never changes the way you feel about each other. Two friends can still be good friends while pursuing their own dreams, and can have different things that they like as well without ruining their friendship. So, And sometimes, that means that one friend might go through a change that the other might not be sure of, but, honestly, in the end, what matters is the good and the hapiness of the person. Also, long distance friendships can be tough, but it is very much doable.
So, in the end, I loved the fact that Ralph was also able to discover other activities that he could do without Vanellope, while still maintaining a strong and good relationship with her all the way until the end.
On Vanellope’s end, she had to figure out what she really does want in life, and learned how not to be afraid to tell it to her best friend as she was afraid that it would affect their friendship in a negative way.
That, with the whole “insecurity” virus thing was a little bit on the nose but not too on the nose for it to be too annoying for older viewers.
I also loved the fact that Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and Fix It Felix (Jack McBrayer) managed to find the secret t becoming good parents to their adopted Sugar Rush children; Gal Gadot was awesome as Shank; and I also enjoyed the characters of Yesss (Taraji P. Henson) and JP Spamley (Bill Hader).
I also really love the fact that they managed to pull off making fun of the Disney princess stereotype throughout the film; had Vanellope have her very own princess song; and last but not least, allowed the ladies to have their turn in saving the male lead here, which was kind of oddly satisfying to watch.
Once again, I really do feel that the emotional impact of the main message in the climax of the film could have been more, but I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed this entire film all the way through, and left the cinema with a big smile on my face. It wasn’t a great film, but it was very much enjoyable.
Have you seen “Ralph Breaks the Internet”? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!