REVIEW: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ an average movie, but enjoyable for all

Promotional image for Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet."

Wreck-It Ralph makes his way back to theaters in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” This movie might be an amazing time with family and friends during the holiday season, but isn’t going to blow the minds of avid movie watchers.

Ralph comes back with his best friend, Vanellope von Schweetz, to the universe of the arcade once more. Vanellope finds herself lost after her game goes out of order. Ralph then takes Vanellope to the newly installed internet to attempt to find the part they need for Vanellope’s game.

Through this adventure, viewers experience the world of the internet through the visually imagined world created by Walt Disney’s Animation Studios.

There are many things to look forward to when watching this movie. It is, for one thing, easy and fun to watch. The everyday viewer can find something enjoyable during this movie. Any age is welcome, and it comes just in time for the more movie-heavy season of the holidays.

This movie also brings some shining character moments through the newly introduced Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot. Shank brings enjoyable and new perspectives in the “Wreck-It Ralph” series.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” has a shining humor that wasn’t missed in the second movie of the franchise. Disney pokes fun at itself with the princesses, there is fun visual humor with Ralph and of course Vanellope’s usual style and humor returns to screen.

However, not everything landed perfectly. The visuals that Disney decided on for the movie have very recently been done in “The Emoji Movie.”

I know it’s odd for me to be comparing a “Wreck-It Ralph” movie to “The Emoji Movie,” but nothing felt entirely like something I haven’t seen before and it was disappointing compared to the first movie.

Not shockingly, the jokes about the internet and how people use it are outdated and didn’t land. I found myself cringing as they talked about “BuzzzTube” and how Ralph went viral on the platform. It felt written by someone who doesn’t entirely understand new media.

The plot of the second installment to the series was a carbon-copy of the first one. They both can be summed up in a similar fashion with Ralph having insecurities, he makes mistakes because of those insecurities and finally Vanellope helps Ralph overcome his insecurities and he learns to be a better person from it.

At times, this movie felt unoriginal in tone, but if you haven’t seen the first movie in a while, this movie is a fun experience.

Overall, I would recommend this movie to people who just want to sit back and relax this holiday. It might not be a movie for someone who wanted something very different from the first “Wreck-It Ralph,” but it can be fun for a family going out. It doesn’t add a new experience, but one that is well loved by many.

Abigail Compton is a sophomore in fine arts. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to