At Your Leisure – Ralph Breaks the Internet

by John L. Davis IV

Sometimes, sitting down to watch some animated fun with the kids is a great idea. We always say that, watch it with the kids. In reality, that’s an excuse, because even as adults, animated movies can be a delightful break from the norm.

The original Wreck-It Ralph released in 2012, and it was a success, both commercially and with critics, garnering numerous accolades and awards.

The sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet released in November 2018, and has since surpassed its predecessor in overall box office revenue. While money earned isn’t the deciding factor of a film’s quality, in this case, it’s certainly a point in favor of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The movie picks up six years after the first. Venellope and Ralph are best friends who spend every night after work hanging out, enjoying root beers and talking about their day.

Ralph is content, happy with his life, but Venellope is bored with her game and the predictability of it. In attempt to add some spontaneity, Ralph creates a secret track in Venellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Delightfully, she takes the track, overriding player controls, which causes the player to accidentally break the steering wheel of the game.

The makers of the game no longer exist, and the cost for Mr. Litwak to replace the wheel is something he considers too high for such an old game.

Ralph comes up with a plan to purchase the steering wheel on ebay, but to do it, he and Venellope must leave the arcade via the new internet modem Mr. Litwak has installed in the shop.

What follows is a journey of self-discovery for both Ralph and Venellope, who takes center stage in this delightfully fun movie.

One of the more exciting aspects of this film is that, while it still appeals to children, it does take a slightly darker turn with an examination of the internet and how it affects young people. It doesn’t shy away from the fact that the internet can be a useful and fun place, while still being fraught with its own pitfalls and dangers, which both of our main characters learn along the course of the story.

The movie has several truly heartfelt moments, and some great tension, without sacrificing the fun of the movie. It’s also a movie full of nods for fans of video games, animated movies, and Disney cinema.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is one of those movies that, as soon as it’s over, I have to comment on how good it was, and then recommend that we buy it to add to the shelves.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet, then grab a kid or two (because, you know, it’s for the kiddos) a bowl of popcorn, and prepare to be zapped through the wires to a place of fun and enchantment.