Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

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Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

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Wreck-it-Ralph and Vanellope are back with a new adventure in the 2018 movie “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.

In this movie, video game bad guy Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman, explore outside the limits of Litwak’s Arcade in an attempt to save Vanellope’s game, “Sugar Rush”.

The quest takes them to the Internet, a seemingly unlimited global system of video games and social media, with the help of the citizens of the Internet, the Netizens, to help them navigate their way.

A few characters they meet along the way are Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, who is the head algorithm and the mastermind of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube”, and Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, who is a tough-as-nails but stout-hearted driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called “Slaughter Race”. This is a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces, so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had (Totally not a spoiler).

Toward the end of the movie, after eliminating the millions of clones that infected the Internet, the quintessential Disney movie theme and lesson starts emerging from Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship. The lesson being no matter the distance, either emotionally or physically, friends may be, the bond between will only grow stronger. It’s kind of cliche, but that is usually expected from a Disney film.

Despite the cliches and few to no laughable parts in the movie, it does bring up a topic that all people go through: toxic friendships.The Internet has brought out the worst in Ralph. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” shows us that sometimes the Internet brings out the worst in us as well. Disney maneuvers through this difficult topic expertly and teaches viewers how to navigate a changing friendship, which is something everyone goes through at one point in their lives or another.

Just like previous Disney movies, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” shows that friendships need to be healthy. This means there is no jealousy, insecurity and envy in a friendship. Friendships have the potential to last a lifetime and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was on their A-game when presenting this at the end of the movie, which I did appreciate.

Lots of Disney films touch on the topic of friendships, but I see it reflect best in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” more than others, because it was a central focus of the film and well-executed. Making friends is cool and all, but keeping friends through the ups and downs is even better.

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