Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - AINE O’CON­NOR HI­LARY A WHITE

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.

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