Sorry for being M.I.A. life has been busy! I’ve been on the job hunt, and last week I was taking care of business.
This week I’d like to talk about Wreck it Ralph: Ralph breaks the Internet. I’d missed it in theatres and was excited to hear it was coming to Netflix. Well I finally got around to watching it… And I loved it!
It was cute, fun, self aware, blah, blah, blah. But I’m not a critic I’m a storyteller. And I think the story it told was really important. It was that healthy relationships have boundaries.
Like Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney tackled a story surrounding mental health and relationships. This post will be a pure appreciation post and highlight some of my favorite details. Spoilers ahead, having watched the movie will also help with context.
- Vanellope’s glitch became a visual indicator for her anxiety
Vanellope suffering from anxiety was a nice touch and I think grounded her character. It was also a good way to show how her character had developed in the last 6 years.
- Felix and Calhoun showed a healthy, communicative, loving relationship
It was sweet to see how Calhoun’s character had really leaned into the lovey dovey vibes of Felix. How her character had continued her arc in learning how to chill out.
- Shank was actually a good role model for Vanellope
It was nice to see the duality between Shank and Vanellope vs Spamley and Ralph. It was real friendship vs bad friendship. Cause good friends don’t enable you to do bad things like Spamley did with Ralph. Even if he was just trying to help he knew the outcome could be destructive.
- Ralph’s an actual hot mess and it’s beautiful
In real life social-circles change. Your bff won’t always be at your hip. You change, they change, and that can be hard. It’s scary and Ralph shows real separation anxiety when Vanellope’s gone.
- Despite being a mess Ralph has grown and shows he can keep growing
Despite being obsessively protective and lonely when Vanellope’s gone, Ralph has still grown a lot. When he’s getting cyber bullied he shows a lot of strength. But at the same time shows a lot of weakness. His self worth is primarily built around how he’s Vanellope’s hero. He doesn’t have self loathing like in the first movie, but he lacks the ability to value himself. By the end of the movie he’s taken the first steps he needs to his own person. By socializing and trying new things.
There was a lot going on in Wreck it Ralph and I loved it. There was a lot of thoughtful story plots and little details that I’m happy were included. Characters going through mental health problems without being ridiculed was appreciated. As the McElroys from the podcast My Brother My Brother and Me would say, there’s “no bummers.”
So if you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend watching Wreck it Ralph 2!