‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ lacks coherent story

FILE - This image released by Disney shows characters, from left, Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, Yess, voiced by Taraji P. Henson and Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman in a scene from "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Thanksgiving leftovers led the box office, as Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” grossed $25.8 million to repeat as the No. 1 film in U.S. and Canadian theaters. The “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel dropped steeply after nearly setting a Thanksgiving record last weekend. But with only one new film in wide release, nothing came close to “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in the typically quiet post-Thanksgiving weekend. (Disney via AP, File)

It looks like Disney needs to step up their game.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” adds little to the shelf of the prestigious company, despite having a story with potential. On paper, the film sounds great, but the final product seems to be a few levels lower than the original.

The not-so-bad guy Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his best friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) found stability in their everyday lives as videogame characters. That is until Vanellope’s game gets broken in the real world. In order to restore her home, the two must explore the vast world of the internet to find a new part. Upon doing so, Ralph and Vanellope discover how great and scary the internet really is.

This movie feels like it wants to make a commentary on modern culture and its obsession with technology. These moments were the film’s best quality. There were plenty of references to various companies, that made me feel nostalgic. The world of the web was fully realized and incredibly original. There was plenty of detail that was highlighted by bright animation. I was surprised about the wit of the connections made to our real world and how the internet works. This movie had plenty to say, just not a coherent story to go along with it.

Too many conflicts that resolve themselves just as soon as they begin are incredibly problematic. Just as one starts to unfold, a new one is introduced. The movie tries to cover too much ground, ending up taking a few steps backwards. Not only was this frustrating, but also, it made me not care about the film. The same can be said for the characters. The film tries so hard to create meaningful character development with its sentimental message, as it essentially throws it in your face; it comes across as plainly disingenuous.

The jokes, similar to the rest of the film, are hit or miss. The first act of the film couldn’t rely on references to the real world, resulting in unfunny “comedic” moments. Once Ralph and Vanellope make it to the internet, the chuckles start. From the innuendo to the humorous characteristics of the internet, the film had it all; one joke in particular was how pop-up ads are like people trying to sell you a newspaper. Once again, the environment of the film was better than the film itself.

There are a whole lot of things to do on the internet. Even though the film recognizes these endless distractions, it still somehow falls victim such nuisances. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” wasn’t a needed sequel at all; after seeing the film, it frankly isn’t wanted either. Although the film is made with quality, it feels like a “game over” to me.