Ralph Breaks the Internet
Cert: PG; Now showing
With the speed at which technology develops, it’s difficult to tell how this film, which is based on a visualisation of the internet as it currently functions, will age. But it works now. Ralph Breaks the Internet is fast, funny and is charmingly, and very equally, led by John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman.
The writing/directing team who brought us Wreck-it-ralph in 2012, (Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Pamela Ribon) return with a somewhat upped ante. Where first time round, Ralph (Reilly) was risking his arcade, now he is going bigger, putting the whole internet at risk. He and fellow arcade game star Vannelope (Silverman) have a lovely friendship and a simple life, one, however ,that Vannelope is finding a little limiting. Her game, Sugar Rush, gets wrecked and is so out-dated that it isn’t worth fixing. Someone suggests she and Ralph might look for the part on ebay, just at exactly the time a wifi router is installed.
Into the ether they travel, where they are amazed by the futuristic city the internet is depicted as. They misunderstand the nature of online bidding so end up offering $27,000 for the part and while Ralph tries to find a way to make that money, Vannelope is discovering a more exciting life in the game Slaughter Race with Shank (Gal Gadot). As well as the leads, I enjoyed the self-filling search bar (Alan Tudyk) and the Disney princesses in this clever and sweet tale of friendship and internet safety.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan ( Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) places Sinan at an interesting junction in the life of a young man — cocksure about everything and yet bewildered by the world and unable to find a place in it. His emotional maturity is also being tested, as a petulant need to shrug off his parents mixes with feelings of concern for them.
Anything this sprawling and ambitious (it has a 190-minute run time) will have the odd bum note — some scenes get caught in a glacial stupor — but otherwise this is a father-son saga full of sensitivity, wit and wisdom. Ceylan and regular cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki ensure that a warm visual enigma coats the breezy rural backdrops as well as Sinan’s internal landscape itself.