Five years after the joyous, ebullient original arrives this sequel, and it’s obvious that there’s something missing from the first frame. The movie begins abruptly and doesn’t really ever stop the catch its breath, and it’s a bit disorienting to suddenly find yourself dropped into a story that’s already in progress (especially after such a long time since the original). After a while, the audience gets a chance to catch up with the movie, and it’s hard not to notice that the plot is both overstuffed and underwhelming: There’s so much going on at once, but not much of it is particularly clear or interesting, and it’s hard not to draw comparisons to the much superior original’s handling of its own busy narrative. However, that isn’t to suggest that it’s a bad movie or that it’s not worth watching, it’s just that it’s not up to the standards of the original, and has more in common with enjoyable-but-unremarkable family fare like “Finding Dory” and “Monsters University.” It’s disappointing after such an inventive, lively modern classic like its predecessor, but it surely will keep children and easily entertained viewers satisfied throughout.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)