It took us a week after opening weekend, but we went to Freehold to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). The film is a sequel to the original Wreck-It Ralph that came out six years early. That’s kind of unheard of. I mean, six years later in this day and age? I walked in knowing very little of the film, which is a little unusual for me. I’ve been so busy with work and other life stuff that I haven’t had time to keep up with upcoming film spoilers or even updating my blog. It’s not a bad omen, so don’t worry. I plan on being here for a while longer. 🙂
The film stars much of the same core cast members, but it’s really Ralph and Vanellope and the new characters that you’ll see from the Internet. Yes, the characters of Felix and Calhoun are in it, but it was probably a day’s worth of voice over work as they have a very minor subplot that could have been dropped.
Long story short -> The arcade game Sugar Rush is physically damaged, and it’s going to be discarded. To save Vanellope, the two of them travel through the Internet to buy a replacement part via eBay before the deadline. Typical. However, what helped the film stand apart was at the same, Vanellope is getting bored with racing. She wants to move onto other things, and gets introduced to the new exciting world of Slaughter Race (a mobile game.) Ralph, on the other hand, is happy having everything in his life (including this relationship) stay the same.
There’s a whole subtext about friends growing up, growing apart, evolving, letting go of the past. The movie is chock full of Internet-related jokes, which I thought were funny. I thought the Disney princess scenes were also funny. But this whole theme of letting your friends go was a smarter route and gave the film more to it.