Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Review (In Detail)

Spoilers Alert:

In Disney’s 3D animated adventure “Ralph Enough,” a computer game character explored the world of arcade games on his own. In 2018, this very world was given internet access and the title character Ralph sets off with his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz into the endless expanses of the World Wide Web. If Ralph Breaks the Internet We reveal in our review that it can keep up with its predecessor.

The Plot Summary

Ever since Ralph and Vanellope met in the brightly colored racing game “Candy Crush” a few years ago, the destructive giant and the loose-mouthed glitch have been best friends. When it is announced one day that Vanellope’s gaming station will be dismantled forever due to a lack of a spare part, Ralph doesn’t hesitate for long and goes online on his own. He heard that everything is possible there – and he and Vanellope, who spontaneously accompanied him, actually found that spare part at an online auction. But inexperienced as they are, they suddenly offer a horrendous sum, which they have to pay after the winning bid. In order to get the money he needs, Ralph becomes an internet meme. It won’t be long before the internet will be full of Ralph videos and pictures, which are becoming very popular around the world. Meanwhile, Vanellope gets to know the dangerous world of the “Slaughter Race” online. A kind of “Candy Crush” for adults – and here the young racing driver suddenly feels quite at home…

Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie explanation of the ending

You can feel about Disney’s sequel and remake mania however you like: As a rule, the mouse company celebrates huge successes with its sequels and new editions. It’s no surprise that “Ralph Enough” is now being continued, one of the films that was one of the last not to form a franchise. In it, a computer game villain character felt a great desire to finally not be the bad guy and caused massive chaos in the world of computer games in his search for a hero medal. Six years later, the narrative shift to the World Wide Web is inevitable. There was already a detour into the world of smartphones (and inevitably also the Internet) with the extremely miserable “Emoji – The Film” – just at a much lower level of quality. Because unlike the competition from Sony, the makers of their once again outstandingly animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” don’t just tell any story and impose the WWW backdrop on it, but rather spin a story out of the sometimes somewhat clichéd surfing habits of Internet users lively and independent story. This means that older viewers will not only recognize themselves here and there, but thanks to “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, younger viewers in particular will get a feel for what kind of virtual space they actually move in every day.

After shopping on eBay, Ralph and Vanellope have to pay for the steering wheel. But how?

Even though the Disney and Pixar films in particular are never aimed exclusively at one target group, but rather try to appeal to every viewer, from toddlers to senior citizens, with their adventures, a not insignificant part of their audience consists of adolescents. The result of this is that “chaos on the internet” is of course not possible everyone facets of the Internet, even though it would certainly have been exciting to find out how a company like Disney brings the depths of Internet pornography (which after all makes up the majority of online content) or the “real” Darknet to the screen. No, everything here is brightly colored and subject to very simple illustrations. And the abysses of the online world do exist, but they aren’t really dangerous. That’s all completely fine, because it’s precisely through the very simple connections presented here that you get a feel for the dimensions that “Ralph Breaks the Internet” covers during its short two hours. Social networks, pop-ups, online auction houses, the search engine, Internet games and so on and so forth – “Emoji – The Film” was about naming as many brand names of apps and programs at once for cheap advertising purposes and in the To praise their advantages in the same breath, the focus in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is not why all these websites are so great, but rather what can be done with them narratively. From the very first query in the Google search window (a kind of all-knowing library) to the finale, in which an anti-virus program plays an important role, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is interspersed with cross-references to the colorful online world and things that each viewer has to deal with themselves have come into contact at least once.

The observations made in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” would fill endless pages and are particularly amusing when they are discovered without any prior knowledge. That’s why we won’t go into it any further here and instead focus on the two main characters. The two directors Phil Johnston (screenplay for “Zoomania”) and Rich Moore (director of “Zoomania”) as well as the screenwriter Pamela Ribon (“Moana”) are not interested in clumsy name-dropping, but also tell a loving, mature story about friendship that, by Disney standards, has a surprisingly bitter note that is consistently maintained until the end. In general, after “Ralph Breaks the Internet” one has the impression that this film marks a new era within the animation film industry. Not only does the billion-dollar company allow itself to be criticized for the first time (in an already much-quoted scene, Vanellope meets all of the Disney princesses, who are hardly concerned about their clichéd status), but also with her not fully comprehensive and therefore all the more realistic Happy At the end, in which Ralph and Vanellepo have to say goodbye for a while, those responsible distance themselves a little from the all-round feel-good family film experience, so that ultimately all age groups will still be happy, but will have learned a lesson for life: who loves , must also be able to let go!

In a scene that has already received a lot of attention, Vanellope meets all the Disney princesses.

Of course, this is far from being an all-encompassing image change. Furthermore, it was simply time for Disney to abandon the sometimes anachronistic values, including those of the “damsel in distress”. In the aforementioned princess scene, nothing happens without calculation; But the way in which one critically deals with one’s own image to the outside world is still extremely entertaining. In general, the almost 15-minute visit to a Disney fan page, where you can simply everything The big highlight of “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, which follows a dramaturgy that is primarily known from road movies, is all about what is known in Disney circles. Ralph and Vanellope visit various stations (i.e. websites) in their search for money. Some of them were more successful, others less successful. In addition to the trip to the Disney fan page, Ralph’s accidental look at online comments is particularly appealing, as is the ominous visit to the dark web, where the two of them ended up – in style – because they used the services of an intrusive pop-up. At the same time, you miss a bit of creativity when a crucial part of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” once again takes place in a racing game (that’s exactly how it was in “Ralph Has Enough”). Instead, a spectacular “‘La La Land’ meets ‘Mad Max'” musical sequence takes place right here a little later, which almost single-handedly succeeds due to its staging contrast, even for the unoriginal riot finale, which once again relies exclusively on escapism to compensate for this, for which the makers also completely say goodbye to their inner cinematic logic. After all, anyone who has previously doubted that the good-natured rioter Ralph can actually be really scary will finally be proven wrong here.

Conclusion: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is more creative and mature than its predecessor “Ralph’s Enough” and is brimming with creative ideas. In terms of narrative, the film follows a road movie structure in which individual stations are ticked off. And sometimes they are more, sometimes less successful.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from January 24th – also in 3D!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top