There’s nothing better than reviewing animated movies because its audience is the most important and crucial thing we have – our future. That’s why thinking about what we offer them through the silver screen or how we help them to form some ideas or opinions with the help of their favorite characters simply cannot be ignored. Even one negative thing shown in any movie targeting the younger audience should be carefully reviewed in order to remove anything negative that can get stuck in their mind and used as an aspiration for their future goal. And this is why “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is probably Disney’s single biggest failure and a complete disaster for a child that aims to become a decent human being someday.
The premise around Ralph’s new adventure is quite simple and very innocent: Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) wants to help his friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) to save the game Sugar Rush, otherwise she can be destroyed and sent into the deep ocean of gaming world. As the two discover there’s eBay from where they can buy the only wheel left for the actual game to exist, the two embark themselves on a new journey filled with the danger of one thing the whole world enjoys – internet.
But make mistake, there’s only one evil person in this entire story, and that’s Ralph himself. As I realize that many may disagree with my point of view, since after all end justifies the means, the cost in Ralph’s case is much higher, which in the actual world can turn into irreversible damage that can harm many people. This is why what you’re about to see in Disney’s new animated movie is not what you would like the little ones to see in the first place.
Instead of offering a simple review, I guess it makes sense for me to explain why Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’s feature should be avoided by any cost. In the beginning, we find Ralph and Vanellope chatting about one man who wears only underwears. By judging his physique, he’s big and looks like he never stops working out. On his chest and legs there are lots of hair. Vanellope talks about whether the man is doing an epilation of his body, while the camera moves from up to down to highlight everything the two are talking about, leaving an impression that Ralph and Vanellope do the right thing discussing something personal that should never have concerned them in the first place. If that’s what we want the children to learn, discussing parts of bodies of other individuals, my answer is a bold NO WAY.
If that was not enough, the next scene is even worse, where it takes us to a place that can be easily recognized as a bar. The sign we read behind Ralph’s back says Root’s Beer while his friends are drinking a sparkling drink, that is again, beer itself. So when your child asks next time the name of the drink Ralph and Vaneloppe were drinking and ask you to buy one, you, as every other parent in the world, will have a hard time to explain the name of the actual drink the two were drinking. Even though you may come up with an excuse saying, it was Fanta or Coca Cola or some other drink, the sign clearly says, it is BEER. And what we might want is to promote a healthy life and not just sitting in a bar and drinking beer, that one day can turn into a drink much stronger, and then the habit may turn into addiction better known as alcoholism.
As we move on to another scene, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues breaking all of Disney’s standards by rounding it every second. Ralph, it seems, is OK with his life, enjoys doing nothing and tells Vanellope, “All what I want from this life is playing video games, drinking sparkling drink and DO NOTHING.“ Are you trying to tell me that if you have an opportunity, you would not change anything in your life at all?” Vanellope asks. “No, why should I?” Ralph replies back. Then he continues to justify his answer – “Look, you and me are fooling around at night. Next day I go to work, and then play computer games. And if there’s anything I wish to do in my entire life, it’s not working at all. What can be better than this?” Vanellope and Ralph’s dialogue will force any parent to provide an explanation to their child when one day they will want to do the same thing that Ralph does: TO DO NOTHING.
The problems of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues throughout the movie. The fact that Ralph is trying to help his friend is amazing and something which should be discussed widely. However, Ralph, as we realize, has no thinking ability nor analytical skills. He does first and thinks later. For instance, when he realizes that Vaneloppe was happier in the new game where she befriended Shank (Gal Gadot), he started thinking that she had been brainwashed. And that he is the only true friend to her. In fact, she was not and had never been brainwashed. She just saw another life without Ralph. But Ralph’s obsession and selfishness drew him into the dark world of web where he finds the right people that can spread the virus, so he can release Vaneloppe from it. The fact that there would be no virus or villain without Ralph’s selfishness is clear. But unfortunately, this movie never succeeds at providing a clear explanation of that.
Then, another interesting point is that Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” brings all the Disney’s princesses, where one of them asks Vanellope, “Were you ever told that only the appearance of man can bring you happiness?” is quite puzzling. We know that man can be as evil as woman. In another scene, when Ralph is about to crash into his death, all the princesses come together to save not Ralph, but the man. The fact that they demonize men as a whole and failing to deliver one simple message that not every man is bad nor woman is astonishing. Each country has its good and dark side. Not every single man or woman is evil. And remember, if you have a son, you will have a lot to explain why “Ralph Breaks the Internet” specifically mentions man as a problem solver, when in reality they may or may not be. It’s a dangerous thing to plant an idea into any child’s mind to concentrate on gender rather than becoming a respectful human being whether that child is a future man or woman.
Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) wanted to help Ralph not out of goodness, but because he wanted to get rid of his adopted children that already drove him crazy. This is, again, where Disney fails to deliver an important message – helping others without expectations is important. Being kind and helpful is crucial. And the family can be big. We should be patient with them and provide unconditional love. Felix was not that type of a person, and Ralph never stopped him from saying, “Please, do not do that. Children are the most important things on Earth whether we have adopted them or not.” But Ralph was not smart enough to say that, and Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon’s mediocre screenplay missed that point as well.
In the end, Ralph delivers the most important line – “We need to trust our friends and the friendship”. But honestly speaking, it was a little too late for that. Of course, as usual, the conclusion of the movie tries to redeem with some happy ending sequence, however, it never stops justifying the wrongdoing, gives a much appealing name to selfishness, and promotes laziness, computer games or the fact that ‘do now and think later’ is way better than doing it the other way around. Indeed, internet brings the worse out of people, like you and me. And when we create Ralph’s character, it was not the internet that did that. It was the same people who we described in the movie as those whose comments we should never read on social network.