by Ananya Gunnam
Six years after the events of Wreck-It-Ralph, Ralph, Vanellope and the rest of the arcade are living in relative peace. Felix and Calhoun are happily married and Vanellope is getting along with the other racers. Ralph and Vanellope are now best friends, just living life and having fun. But after a misadventure in which the Sugar Rush game ends up broken, the pair have to travel to the internet to get the part to fix it, or Vanellope and all of her subjects will be homeless.
Personally, I loved this movie. It was sweet, funny, and it had a good message. It addressed an issue I’ve never seen covered in film before, which is the consequences of holding on too hard. The subject of toxic behavior in relationships seems to go ignored most of the time, especially when it comes to friendships. The friendship between Ralph and Vanellope was one of the main things that made the first movie so good, and we see that relationship explored here. Have a laugh at Disney’s reimagined internet as Ralph tackles his insecurities (both emotional and literal, since he’s made of code) and learns to become a better friend.
Other highlights of this film include Shank and Yesss, respectively the coolest and funniest characters in the movie. Shank is a character in an online racing game, who serves as a sort of mentor and friend to Vanellope. Beautiful, kind, badass, and voiced by Gal Gadot (!!!), Shank was a real treat to see. And Yesss’ commentary on the nature of internet popularity is… depressingly accurate.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit miffed that Sergeant Calhoun was reduced to an (albeit hilarious) minor character, but at least she and Felix are happy.
Overall, Ralph Breaks the Internet was a heartwarming experience with a thrilling climax and a bittersweet conclusion, and bound to be an adventure to anyone who enjoyed the first movie. Hurry, while it’s still in theaters!