About halfway through this sequel to 2012’s wonderful “Wreck-It Ralph,” I realized was shifting in my seat often and actively fighting the temptation to browse my phone while the movie plays out in the background. It’s not that it’s actively bad, but it’s just so bland and uninvolving that it never comes alive. The voice work is easily the best part, thanks to a nice rapport between John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and the new characters are fun thanks to Gal Gadot and Tajari P. Henson’s charismatic work. The main story is very thin and grows tiresome quickly, and there are so many ads that it’s hard not to be aggressively aware of the movie’s commercialism, but there are a few moments here and there that make it worth at least one viewing from fans of the original.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)