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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

SYNOPSIS:
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Review by Louise Keller:
Speeding on a magic carpet of imagination, this inventive buddy movie is a delight, a compelling satire of upbeat action, goofy humour and endearing characters that reinforce its central theme of friendship. Leaping from the zany universe of video games to that of the internet, the film is an explosion of colour and fun, as we look at the information highway from a hilarious new perspective. It's been six years since we met Wreck It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), the diminutive daredevil racer with the saucer-eyes who charmed us in their first adventure and pixelates when she is insecure; this sequel ratchets everything up a notch, delivering a satisfying, entertaining non-stop adventure the whole family will adore.

In the world of video games there is nothing worse than to have your game unplugged and shut down. That's the dilemma for Vanellope, whose adventurous spirit prompts her to deviate from the known candy highways of Sugar Rush and venture into the unknown land of Wifi to save her game. I love the way the internet universe has been conceived with its spectacular bubble transportation that rockets past familiar signpostes: Snapchat, Amazon, IMDB, Netgear, Google, Facebook and Youtube. I laughed out loud when Vanellope and Ralph learn the hard way: they think Ebay works by just thinking of a bigger number and yelling it out.

Highlights include the hilarious satirical sequences involving the Disney Princesses (amid glass slippers, poisoned apple, long golden tresses and kissing frogs), who learn a thing or two from the very hip Vanellope. Ralph's journey to become viral sensation on BuzzzTube is very funny and the one-liners never stop. Watch for Gal Gadot as Shank, the leggy racing driver who runs the infamous Slaughter Race. The car chase sequences are thrilling and there's a show-stopping song and tap dance routine thrown in for good measure.

Imbued with a very sweet heart, Ralph Breaks the Internet is one for the treasure chest - along with Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters Inc.

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WRECK IT RALPH

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (PG)
(US, 2018)

VOICES: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Mandy Moore, Paige O'Hara, Kelly Macdonald, Vin Diesel

PRODUCER: Clark Spencer

DIRECTOR: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

SCRIPT: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nathan Warner

EDITOR: Jeremy Milton, Fabienne Rawley

MUSIC: Henry Jackman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Cory Loftis

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 26, 2018







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