My review of Ralph Breaks the Internet, 7.5/10, has to be started by stating that Wreck it Ralph (2012) is one of my all time favourite animation films. Creative in its concept, highly entertaining and proving you can find friendship in what may not always seem the most likely of characters. All of these factors put a lot of pressure on Ralph Breaks the Internet however yet again Disney manages to pull it out of the bag, taking these two loveable characters on an adventure I definitely wasn’t prepared for. The humour is perfectly pitched to every audience member and the jokes were consistent throughout. Poking fun at human kind’s use and behaviour on the internet, it even aims a few blows at its very own studio.
This is the kind of film that will keep on giving the more you watch. When the two main characters travel to the centre of the internet, there is an abundance of references to take in and, on first viewing, are probably missed. I am so surprised that this concept hasn’t been explored already as there really are no limitations to where this film could have gone and that probably is my only fault with this film. Too much seemed to be crammed into this film that the laugh a minute, at times, detracts from the core narrative of this story which is the rocky journey that Ralph (played by John C Reilly) and Vanellope’s (played by Sarah Silverman) relationship goes through.
As an amateur film reviewer, I have struggled with how you measure the acting capability to an animation film up until now. Ralph Breaks the Internet’s voice work is sublime. Going into this film, I obviously had the pre-knowledge that Reilly was Ralph and Silverman was Vanellope, but what proves their brilliance to this type of acting was half way through I had completely separated the voices I knew and a attached it to the animated character. They had breathed life into the 2D being. It’s rare that an animation movie can do that yet Ralph Breaks the Internet pulled me into its magic, dazzled me by its imagery, made me laugh with its humour and had tearing up at its heartfelt goodbye. I was totally in awe for the full 1 hour and 52 minutes. If you loved the first, or even if you disliked it, I urge you to give this a go because I am sure you will go on the same entertaining rollercoaster I did.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 7.5/10