Ralph Breaks The In­ter­net

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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

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