Ralph Breaks the Internet - Review
Ralph Breaks the Internet – November 21, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet is unfortunately another example of a sequel that not only didn’t need to get made but also lacks any real quality. What was once a story about acceptance and friendship turned into a soulless narrative about online popularity and letting go of friends.
What made Wreck-It Ralph so good was the emotional driving force in the film. The message was about understanding that medals and awards are not what make you a good guy. It’s about having good friends and surrounding yourself with people who care about you and love you. That is a wonderful message that any age group can relate to. That really hit home for me because that was my mindset when I first started the Movie Buzz show. I thought if I got popular online then I would be happy. But once I realized that being a YouTuber never really brought me joy, I found that being around friends was much more rewarding. So, Wreck-It Ralph is very personal to me. That’s why I’m especially disappointed in this new movie.
Ralph Breaks the Internet seems to forget all the lessons it learned in the first movie. The story revolves around a broken steering wheel for the Sugar Rush driving game. Once the internet is installed in the arcade, Ralph and Vanellope go online to buy a new one on Ebay. But because they don’t have actual money, they need to find a way to get some before their 24-hour purchase window expires. Ralph then has to start making viral YouTube videos in order to get enough money to pay for the steering wheel. Then the whole story turns into a popularity contest. This goes against the entire message of the first movie, which is that friends are more important than fame.
Ralph is especially passionate about raising enough money because he wants to keep hanging out with Vanellope in the arcade. But Vanellope is more interested in leaving her game and joining the new online racing game, Slaughter Race. Which by the way, seems like an aggressive name for a kids movie. Maybe Murder Race, but Slaughter Race is a little crazy. Then the emotional force of the movie is about how to say goodbye to your friends and not be so clingy. This is a complete 180 from the first movie. You shouldn’t be a clingy friend anyway, but saying goodbye to your friends isn’t a fun emotional journey.
There are a few funny and clever moments with Bill Hader, who plays a scammy pop-up ad guy. He is the funniest and best part of the whole movie. Everything else just didn’t feel sincere. It felt like a rushed production because of the success of the first movie (even though it’s been six years since the first movie). It’s just disappointing because there is so much heart in the first film and so little heart in this.
Overall, Ralph Breaks the Internet falls flat when it comes to creating a powerful message for kids and adults. Much like the internet, the movie is unfocused with the scenes and plots points. It seemed like they had more fun putting all the Disney princesses in the same room than they did making the rest of this movie. Ralph Breaks the Internet isn’t a bad movie, it’s just a major step backwards from the first film.