It seems ridiculous to say that this sequel — 29 years after the fact, a naked cash grab to play on nostalgia and juice Disney+'s subscriber numbers headed into the holiday season — improved on the original.
But here's two confounding factors:
And so I think this movie works. It is extremely cozy and fairly calculating, but the performances are straight-up better than the original and the script a little more apt to wink at the camera. (The Roomba bit was inspiring; the aggressive Walgreen's placement less so.) It is not a Bad Time and I think succeeded at Disney's goals, to thread the needle they are so desperate to thread: a piece of consumption that works both for the younger generation and the older.