Ultimately, whether you like Ralph Breaks the Internet comes down to a simple question that we must all ask ourselves at some point in our lives: How do you feel about billionaire conglomerates nakedly profiteering by taking victory laps round their own success, making money by creating worlds where we, the people, live utterly within their orbit so they can use that money to suck us further into their self-referential vortex of consumerism?
This dark truth lurks behind Ralph’s candy-coloured world – but hey, that’s show business. As long as you’re happy to look past the vaguely shady corporate deification of it all, you’re going to have an absolute blast.
Wreck-It Ralph had a fantastic emotional core and message, but it wasn’t necessarily looking to explore the dark underbelly of gaming. Thankfully, Ralph Breaks the Internet shoots at Silicon Valley with both barrels – even if it doesn’t seem like it at first – there’s a point about halfway through where it almost feels like the film is pro-clickbait, violent video games and trying to become a viral sensation.
Ralph doesn’t have time to explore every issue on the world wide web – there isn’t enough celluloid in the world – but it takes a spectacular view of how the internet can amplify our insecurities, particularly when it comes to maintaining healthy friendships. Ralph is a must-see for its final act alone – which is deep, even by Pixar standards.
Most importantly, all of this corporate coziness and philosophical musing doesn’t get in the way of a great time. Comedically, Ralph Breaks the Internet is firing on all cylinders and repeat viewings will be a must to catch every gag, while John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are just as heckin’ delightful as they were first time around.
CAST: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson
DIRECTORS: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
WRITERS: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon (story & screenplay), Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad (story)
SYNOPSIS: Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.