RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – the sequel to 2012 WRECK-IT RALPH is here. The Disney 3D animated family comedy adventure featuring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman is not just a delightfully worthy expansion, it defies expectations. Read our full review of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET that releases in India on November 23, 2018.
Challenging our obsession for the internet and social media, the basic concept of friendship, the Walt Disney Studios Animation picture makes our real ‘emoji’ erupt with fun, adventure, having such a heart that even finds soul in pop ups.
If INCREDIBLES 2 debated on the idea of a ‘super hero’ with intelligence and also made a relevant comment on our obsession with electronic gadgets, here the ‘screen’ in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET opens with Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), half a dozen years had gone but the ageing Sugar Rush game is still on at Litwack’s (Ed O’Neill) video game arcade. One day in a burst of excitement, the steering wheel gets broken and Vanellope smells danger of her survival. Litwack has installed Wi-Fi at his game arcade and the delivery of the new steering wheel will take time and its ‘costly’. With only one piece available at e bay Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) with her best buddy Ralph (John C. Reilly) enter the world of worldwide web to fetch the replacement of the broken steering wheel and gets entangled in the crowd of search engines, pop ups, social medias, video sharing sites, and much more.
Managing to place their bid for the wheel with a whooping amount (which they consider as juts a number) at e bay and astonishingly naïve about the fact that they have to actually pay the amount to get the possession of the wheel, a weird assistance in a pop up brings them to a action packed, thrilling and dangerous GTA type game – Slaughter Race headed by Shank (Gal Gadot). The rock star game head of Slaughter Race impressed by Vanellope’s super driving advises them to visit BuzzzTube – a trend-making site presided over by a happening head algorithm Yesss (Taraji P. Henson). In just a matter of time, Ralph becomes an internet sensation, he burns cakes, speaks like a sheep and what not. Things take emotional turn when Vanellope discovers that she belongs to the Slaughter Race genre, while Ralph has to be constantly innovative to keep himself in the top trend. A pleasantly sarcastic comment on the conventional idea sees the ‘magical’ Disney princesses gathering to find out the dream of Vanellope. And yes, Vanellope looks into water and sings a song. Vanellope has found her dream and Ralph is getting obsessed, Ralph’s insecurity turns him into a monster, Ralph’s best friend his root beer drinking partner Vanellope is under threat from her best friend.
Director Phil Johnston and Rich Moore in a story by Moore, Johnston, Jim Reardon, Ribon and Josie Trinidad that takes animated characters from games to tell a human story of friendship and togetherness with heart and soul. The vibrant and colourful visual ambience and striking energy that reminds of ZOOTOPIA, the web world created in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is class apart in creativity and technique. Amalgamating fiction with reality, real logos of Amazon, eBay etc are seen with artificial ones like Knowsmore. The movie wonderfully explores themes like the good and bad of internet, the tradition to sing when sad, the intellect that when you are crazy about being yourself, you should be open minded enough to allow your dear friend also to be true to their wants and needs as well. It’s the level of ‘understanding’ between two individuals that brings, love, care, friendship and compassion in relationship.
With John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman taking this to another level, this inevitable sequel to 2012 money spinner WRECK-IT RALPH, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is not just a studio follow up, logging on to our internet behavior, the movie remarkably massages our soul, making the child and the child in adults encounter our idea of friendship and online behavior that continues to get its ‘hearts’, ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ even after logging off.