Ralph Breaks the Internet film review: holiday treat for older children and adults

Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ralph Breaks the Internet

IT has been six years since Disney introduced audiences to Wreck-It Ralph’s video game bad guy Ralph (John C. Reilly) and adorable ‘glitch’ Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) in the world of Litwak’s video arcade.

Now the loveable pair of misfits is back and the sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) is even sweeter.

After a quick recap from their first adventure, Ralph and Vanellope are catapulted in to their next escapade following an accident on the Sugar Rush video game that leaves it needing a replacement steering wheel or face being sold for parts, making Vanellope and the other racers homeless.

When Mr Litwick (Ed O’Neill) plugs in WiFi for the first time, Ralph and Vanellope brave the unknown World Wide Web in search of a new steering wheel on Ebay, but their journey does not go as easily as they planned and their friendship is tested in a big way.

The film delivers a plethora of clever internet references including pop-up ads and blockers, the hilarious ‘netizen’ KnowsMore who works at the search engine, the Ebay auction house and references to everything from Twitter bluebirds to BuzzzTube (like YouTube).

Online gaming comes to the forefront when the duo realise they need money to pay for the Ebay purchase and Vanellope is in her element when they enter dangerous game Slaughter Race where she meets badass racer Shank (Gal Gadot).

Coming in at almost the two-hour mark, Ralph Breaks the Internet will test the attention span of younger audiences who will also miss the rapid fire of puns, pop culture references, internet jargon and warning about online dangers.

However, older children and adults are in for a holiday time treat with the Disney princess scene a true highlight, and make sure to stay in the cinema during the credits for a bonus scene that really pops.

THE ESSENTIALS

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)

Directed by: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot

Four stars

Reviewed by Tanya MacNaughton

In cinemas December 26