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MOVIE: Ralph breaks the Internet but restores some hope

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 7:00pm
MOVIE: Ralph breaks the Internet but restores some hope
MOVIE: Ralph breaks the Internet but restores some hope

THERE’S lots of colourful movie posters vying to attract the attention of you and your kids at the cineplex this holiday season. 

And while all that glitters is not necessarily gold, in the case of the latest offering from Disney, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, it most certainly is. 

The follow up to 2012’s animated ‘Wreck it Ralph’, this version, just like the poster indicates, is jam packed full of overblown colour, product placement, bright bubblegum visuals and quirky characters. 

The kind of things that youngsters love but adults often sneer at, something that shouldn’t really work at a higher level, but works so well here it’s at times genuinely awe inspiring. 

The story centres on video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) who both leave the comfort of Litwak's arcade in an attempt to locate an outdated joystick and save the game in which Vanellope stars, from shutting down. 

Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on cyber citizens to help them out. 

Of course, they encounter many interesting characters along the way, but the one who steals the show is ‘Knowsmore’, a kind of animated, real life representation of Google, who is more than willing to answer your every question. 

While it’s possible to get offended by the obvious and blatant product placement, in this case it’s clearly necessary and justifiable, so there is actual joy and wonder to be found in following Ralph and friend as they navigate their way through sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Annoying characters pop up out of nowhere to shove ads in their faces, an ad blocker security guard helps keep them safe, and so many more clever ideas are packed into the 112 minutes, that time really flies. 

Animation sometimes doesn’t get the credit it deserves, but this is laugh out loud funny, insanely clever, touching and tremendously entertaining. In one word: it’s genius, and earns our review score of 5 perfect stars.

Paul O’Rourke

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