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Epic in scope and respectful in presentation, it makes up for any factual inaccuracies with the depth and power of its characterization.
The passage of time hasn’t been kind to the attempts at worldbuilding through image-oriented spectacle.
The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.
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Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.
The movie doesn’t do anything well and it’s an open question why anyone would pay money to see a reworking of a premise that offers so little.
An intriguing blend of globetrotting neo-noir and road trip plot elements, it often seems on the cusp of greatness without ever getting there.
Although the story is interesting, the presentation isn’t. Individual scenes work but the movie as a whole doesn’t.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-08
MPAA Rating: "G"
Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Joan Cusack, Annie Potts, Tim Allen, Madeleine McGraw
A respectable afterthought sequel that is paradoxically welcome and unnecessary.
Quickly assembled with little concern for anything more than providing a funhouse experience in exchange for a few bucks.