Six years ago, Disney debuted a film that brought together the best the video game world had to offer and crafted an exciting original story titled Wreck it Ralph. The film earned critical and commercial acclaim but surprisingly, a sequel was not quickly announced like some expected. Fast forward and now, the anticipated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet is finally set to debut in theatres within the next two weeks. Critics were on hand for the film’s premiere yesterday and reviews have begun to spill online. So, what did critics think of this long-awaited sequel? In short, Disney has done it yet again.
Critics are calling the film a worthy follow-up to its predecessor, praising the animation, story, music and performances. Check out Talkies Network’s review round-up for Ralph Breaks the Internet below and stay tuned for our own early review coming tomorrow!
Jim Vejvoda from IGN:
Ralph Breaks the Internet is no wreck, thanks to several big laughs and some sweet messages about online behavior that should connect with both kids and parents. The Disney Princesses steal the show in the most hilarious and meta moments, while new characters played by Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson prove to be welcome additions to this world. While the fun had at the expense of the internet isn’t exactly the freshest material, Ralph Breaks the Internet works well not because of where it sends its two main characters physically but rather emotionally.
Peter Debruge from Variety:
After going from 8-bit zero to arcade hero during his original outing, Wreck-It Ralph levels up in a big way with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” an ambitious, all-around satisfying sequel to Walt Disney Animation’s wonderfully outside-the-box smash that ranks among the studio’s very best toons: It’s a poignant buddy movie that’s sincere in all the right places, but knows better than to take itself too seriously. While the 2012 project was an inspired example of easily expandable world-building, this cleverer than expected follow-up skips the obvious next step — simply exploring the other games that share the same power strip — and sets out to conquer the relative vastness of cyberspace instead.
Karen Han from Polygon
I loved all of it. The film has just enough of an edge so that matters really do seem high-stakes, and Reilly’s and Silverman’s vocal performances are reliably great, delivering the requisite fart jokes with the same ease as the more emotionally heavy moments. To echo a similar sentiment about Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet has no business being as good as it is, but thank goodness that’s the case.
Emily Yoshida from Vulture:
If Wreck-It Ralph was a film about jobs and self-image, the addition of commerce into that equation in its sequel makes everything exponentially more manic and unstable. And after nearly two hours of our eyeballs being flooded with savvy, incessant product placement of eBay, Amazon, Pinterest, and of course the entire Walt Disney Company portfolio, we’re all wrecked.
Kate Erbland from IndieWire:
It’s a fitting extension of Moore’s first film, which visualized what a world filled with arcade characters would look like, from their daily grind smashing bricks or zooming around candy racetracks, to the bonds that form during their off-hours. Moore and Johnston imagine the web as a sprawling, colorful metropolis where individual icons (or odd interlopers like Vanellope and Ralph) trundle around visiting skyscrapers that contain their destinations. eBay is rendered as a massive auction floor, while videosharing service BuzzTube (run by a vivacious Taraji P. Henson) is a crowded hall filled with people begging for likes (in the film, literal hearts).
Mike Sorrentino from CNET:
Reilly and Silverman’s characters are as close as can be, yet struggle as Reilly’s Ralph simply won’t let Vanellope go. It’s a super relatable situation many friends and family members experience, and watching this film take on the theme is compelling. Even more of a triumph, the story stands up and manages not to be overshadowed by all of the internet’s distractions, which also shine so brightly here: cat videos, hot pepper challenges and even Fortnite among them.
Justin Chang from The Los Angeles Times:
Naturally, Ralph, goodhearted galoot that he is, will learn the error of trying to control his friends, and also the folly of trying to commodify things such as respect and affirmation. But his lessons seem to come increasingly at the expense of the audience, whose sheep-like complacency the movie treats, with unearned and unexamined cynicism, as a given. The more Ralph begs for likes, the more “Ralph Breaks the Internet” cannot help but push yours away.
So what do you think? Are you going to see Ralph Breaks the Internet when it debuts in theatres on November 21? Let us know in the comments down below!