Monday, July 22, 2019

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Movie Name/Year: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Length: 112 Minutes
Rating: PG
Production/Distribution: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, B&H Film Distribution, Feelgood Entertainment, Forum Hungary, NOS Audiovisuais, Walt Disney Company Nordic, Walt Disney Studios Japan, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Writer: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad, John C. Reilly, Kelly Younger, Jason Hand
Actors: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Sean Giambrone, Flula Borg, Timothy Simons, Ali Wong, Hamish Blake, GloZell Green, Rebecca Wisocky, Sam Richardson, Jabouki Young-White, Maurice LaMarche, Melissa VillaseƱor, Katie Lowes, Jamie Elman, Horatio Sanz, Alex Moffat, Phil Johnston, Dianna Agron, Tim Allen, Roger Craig Smith, Brad Garrett, Anthony Daniels, Corey Burton, Vin Diesel, Nicole Scherzinger, Kristen Bell, Irene Bedard, Jodi Benson, Auli’I Cravalho, Jennifer Hale, Kate Higgins, Linda Larkin, Kelly Macdonald, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Paige O’Hara, Pamela Ribon, Anika Noni Rose, Ming-Na Wen, Bill Hader

Blurb from IMDb: Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Selina’s Point of View:
I really enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Needless to say, when Ralph Breaks the Internet came out, I was hype. In November of 2018, it was #5 on my Top 20 list. (It was Cat’s month, though – so you saw her picks, which put it at #3.)

Now that I’ve seen the film, I definitely think it was worth it.

The story was decent, but I’m more interested in the lessons the movie taught.

To start off, the representation of the internet was pretty much on point. Sure, I’m sure a lot of it was Disney bringing in that sweet advertising money, but it fit the situation. There were ‘buildings’ that represented all the most well-known and oft-used sites: Google, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, IMDb, etc. The annoying little guys wandering around and shoving clickbait/spam signs in people’s faces were particularly amusing. I was also happy with the film’s take on what an ad-blocker is like.

But it wasn’t all just kissing the internet’s ass. Ralph Breaks the Internet was honest. Someone actually has to say that the first rule of the internet is that you don’t read the comments. I was glad they went there. The scene was a very good way to show how all those faceless comments people make affect the person they’re directed to. It also went into an extremely simplified explanation of the ‘dark web’ at another point.

Then, there was the take on friendship. Disney has a tendency to go hard when it comes to friendship and always seems to define it the same way. There was a touch of deviation from the production company’s usual definition. In the end, it was well done and served as a learning moment.

Finally, the story touched on abuse. It addressed the idea of allowing insecurities to control our actions so much that we are essentially abusing someone we care about by trying to exert too much control over them. It was fascinating to watch.

As much as I like this one, I don’t hope there’s a third. It ended perfectly and anything they did in the future with it could cheapen the story. I don’t want to see that happen.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 65%
Metascore – 71/100
Metacritic User Score – 6.7/10
IMDB Score – 7.1/10
CinemaScore – A-

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating4/5
P.S. Disney learned a lot from Marvel. There are 2 scenes after the movie ends. One halfway through the film and one after the credits end.

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