Director: Rich Moore & Phil Johnston
Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk and Alfred Molina
Written by James Ng’ang’a
Have you ever had the opportunity of seeing a simulation of your actual life in a film? In fact, Make it an animation. Well, it may seem highly unlikely but I just did. Animated films are a powerful source of media entertainment, they have the power that enables us to explore our imaginations to a whole new level. Through the use beautifully illustrated animated characters, stunning visual effects, humor, and well-written scripts, the genre is certainly one that rarely disappoints.
This film was able to meet my expectations and even exceed them when it comes to animated movies, so join me in exploring Ralph Breaks the Internet further and see why it thoroughly appealed to me.
About six years have passed since Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope’s (Sarah Silverman) last adventure where a very close friendship has blossomed between the two. One day, Vanellope admits that she is getting bored of her game and longs for adventure. Ralph attempts to save the day but ends up causing a problem in her game where the only solution for them is to explore the internet which has new adventures in store for them.
The film explores themes of friendship,technology,changes in life,decision making and even parenting; yes, you read that right, ‘Parenting’. Friendship is the dominant theme in the film is expressed very well as we are shown how even though you may be best friends with someone, it doesn’t mean we all follow the same path and like the same things. The film also highlights how to help our friends follow their dreams even though it may be painful for us, and I really appreciated that.
The voice acting is also a point worth noting. The cast did a good job, especially John C. Reilly as Ralph and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, they equaled their good performances as in the first Wreck- it Ralph movie (2012), Gal Gadot and Taraji P.Henson also did very well in their respective voice roles too. Especially Taraji P.Henson, she added that special dramatic flare we all love her for in her role as “Yeess”.
In the movie we also get to see things we can all relate to, at least if you surf the internet, things like pop-up ads, viral videos, negative comments and what the effects of the latter bring. Pop-up ads and their annoying nature were well addressed. You know how when you are watching a video and this advertisement randomly appears out of nowhere, you will love how they are expressed in the movie, it’s hilarious! We also see what effects negative comments bring to certain people when surfing the internet.
The only major problem I had with the movie was the way it sometimes felt like one big multi-product advertisement. We get to see multiple companies logos in the movie and I just felt the product placement was quite much.
Ralph breaks the internet is a movie worth spending 2 hours of your time on, it can also be enjoyed by the whole family. Also, look out for exciting cameos and pop culture references that make the movie more memorable. I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did.