Ralph Breaks The Internet
THE beloved Wreck-It Ralph film delved into deep-seated subjects such as the conflicting relevance of societal roles, the worth of the social misfit and outcast, and staying true to who you really are. It provided an ingenious outlook on a villain’s role as a necessary good to balance the scales.
On its part, Ralph Breaks The Internet (RBTI) does well to develop Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship, showcasing its sweet and bitter sides. Through this, it propagates the themes of breaking free from the predictable normality of life, not letting hurtful comments affect you, and trusting your friends to choose their own paths.
However, the emotionally-meaningful depth of RBTI doesn’t score as highly as its groundbreaking predecessor. Both films cogently manoeuvre through the notion of unchartered territory with relatable excitement, smoothly and artfully switching atmospheric tones from glitzy to dark to intense. But the second film seems to lack the defining high-stakes conflict that drove the first film’s stirring edge-of-your-seat plot.
Though initially coming off almost like the much-maligned Emoji Movie through what might be considered excessive and nonsensical referencing of digital entities that are jarringly shoehorned into the plot, RBTI far exceeds it through humorous satire and quips of commentary and, most of all, characters to root for.
While the story may appear a little lacklustre compared to the more original Wreck-It Ralph, there is still a lot to enthral audiences. – Edmund Evanson