Disney’s favorite 8-Bit Superstar returns for a pop-culture savvy sequel. See what our movie critic has to say about it.
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KEY CAST MEMBERS: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Gal Gadot, Alan Tudyk, Jane Lynch and Ed O’Neill
DIRECTOR(S): Phil Johnston and Rich Moore
THE BACK STORY: Returning from his smash debut Wreck-It-Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet finds our hero (again voiced by John C. Reilly) hanging out with his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) at the arcade center owned by Mr. Litwak (Ed O’Neill). The problem is that Vanellope’s game “Sugar Rush” is about to get unplugged – permanently. That’s why she and Ralph are heading to the Internet to find a steering wheel to save her game.
But once they enter the Internet, they discover a digital universe for which they couldn’t be less prepared. And given Ralph’s pedigree for wrecking things, it’s a safe bet that the World Wide Web – and his relationship with Vanellope – may never be the same.
THE REVIEW: For about the first 45 minutes of Ralph Breaks the Internet, you might find yourself wanting a break from what seems like a somewhat tepid and unnecessary sequel. Then, in one fantastically self-deprecating scene involving all of Disney’s princesses meeting Vanellope, the entire movie changes for the better and sets in motion a fantastic exploration of pop culture, social media and friendship (did you REALLY think there wasn’t going to be a classic theme in this flick?!).
Once the action picks up, Ralph Breaks the Internet proves itself to be both adult and young adult-alike friendly with clever quips, beautiful animation and easily digestible Disney upbeat enthusiasm. Reilly and Silverman display a great chemistry together, as does Gal Gadot as Shank, the female star of the Grand Theft Auto-style game Slaughter Race that Vanellope comes to idolize. While most films usually rely on their heart – and trust me, there’s plenty to spare in Ralph Breaks the Internet – the pop culture references, self-aware humor and not-so-subtle way it will make the audience look at how we’ve let the Internet influence our lives (both good and bad) are a major factor in what makes the film so entertaining.
And just like your favorite viral cat video, Ralph Breaks the Internet deserves all the views it can get.