Memes, pop-ups, princesses and viral videos – oh my! Step inside the world wide web in Wreck-It Ralph’s newest adventure, Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Following the events six years after its predecessor, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) venture outside of their comfort zone and into the Internet to save Vanellope’s beloved arcade game from being unplugged at their arcade. During their adventures, they meet many colorful characters and have their friendship tested as they discover the good, the bad and the dark side of the web.
As a big fan of the original Wreck-It Ralph, I had high expectations for its sequel. Although they were not exceeded, I was pleasantly surprised with the films humor, cleverness, its imagination and ability to capture all the little nuances the Internet has created. I really appreciated the attention to detail and since my professional world lies heavily with the world of trending topics and social media, I really appreciated these tidbits.
As a fan of Disney in general, the portion dedicated to its princesses (which has been oh so heavily marketed) is very rewarding. Disney fans will surely rejoice in seeing their favorite princesses in comfy wear, Oh My Disney quizzes played out and a very special cameo of Stan Lee.
But when you move past the spectacles of the film, Ralph Breaks the Internet truly has great messages about friendship and pursuing one’s dreams. As someone who had to move away from their comfort zone to pursue their dreams, I really appreciated this messaging and wish it had been said sooner.
Final Thoughts: Although Ralph Breaks the Internet is not as strong as its predecessor, it is a charming, smart and heartfelt adventure in the digital world we love so much.