‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2’ review: Creatively fun online experience

Disney creates a vivid and breathing internet experience filled with poignant charm and humor through Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2.

Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up six years after Wreck-It Ralph and since then, shop owner Mr. Stan Litwak (Ed O’Neill) has upgraded his equipment and ventured into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of internet. This time around, arcade characters Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sara Silverman) must risk traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part for Vanellope’s arcade game ‘Sugar Rush.’ With this new landscape way over their heads, the two rely on the citizens of the internet for navigation, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (Taraji P. Henson), who’s the head algorithm  and heart and soul of a trend-making site.

From Ebay to Google, Star Wars to Avengers, this film has plenty of Easter eggs and character references to gratify your senses. Not to mention an epic crossover of all the Disney princesses – this is the first Disney movie to pull out all the princesses from their individual franchises. When it gets into that momentous and memorable sequence, the film has not only given you a tour in the internet but a trip to the Disneyland as well. This will surely appeal to a large demographic, especially the avid fans.

NAVIGATING THE NET – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz venture to the internet for a replacement part for her game, Sugar Rush. The world wide web is expansive and exciting with an elaborate transportation system Ralph and Vanellope find themselves squeezing into en route to one of their first internet destinations. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Ralph Breaks the Internet exceeds its predecessor in every way. The first film is a great callback to the old school video games but this sequel, however, manages to astound us by perfectly keeping us where we are right now in the digital world – a place where almost everyone is always online and things move in such a fast pace. It expands to a much bigger content by amalgamating all these characters in one online world. The film also shows the physical representations of today’s internet where two heroes from an arcade game suddenly find themselves being online. It’s like the equivalent of dropping someone from a small simple town to the biggest futuristic city imaginable. This film shows the advantages and the struggles of adapting in a digital world that’s constantly growing and changing around us.

The depiction of the internet itself amazes with such level of detail. You’ll see real world brands like Ebay, Amazon, Pinterest mixed along some made up companies which are still in the development stage. Even the little things like pop-up ads, clickbait, online shopping, and a bit insight about viruses – that might go over the children’s heads for a G-rated film.

WORLD WIDE WOW! – Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is challenged when they journey into the internet in search of a replacement part for her game. This vast new world is both incredibly exciting and overwhelming—depending on who you ask. Featuring John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Overall, Ralph Breaks the Internet has strong messages of empathy and integrity similar to the first film. There are also great messages about the evolving nature of friendship that really brings out plenty of ‘laugh out loud’ moments and heart wrecking emotions. In the end, Ralph and Vanellope gives the viewers the true meaning about friendship, especially in the context of both physical and virtual world. This is a fun and enjoyable online representation that’ll be a sure-fire hit. Be sure to stay through the credits for more laughs.

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens November 21, 2018 in Philippine cinemas.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ stars  John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Gal Gadot, and Taraji P. Henson. Runtime: 112 minutes.

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