‘The Lego Movie 2’ Theatrical Review
Ready or not, our favorite building blocks have returned to the big screen in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. With all voice actors from the original movie returning, and an entirely new plot direction, many were looking forward to this release. The first movie far exceeded expectations and was lauded by critics and viewers alike. This one still carries the franchise, even if it lacks in some of the areas that made America fall in love with Emmet and the gang on our first trip to Bricksburg. The team at the Warner Animation Group (WAG) have put a lot of their eggs in the Lego Movie basket, and this movie is certainly serviceable. With future projects as volatile as a Speedy Gonzales film currently in development, and a huge leap into a shared cinematic universe with the likes of Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and other Hanna Barbara properties, it is important that the momentum at WAG stays strong; The Lego Movie 2 was able to handle that task.
The entire cast of voice talent returned for the sequel and delivered. Adding a second character to his voice duties, Chris Pratt crushes it. With a voice like a mediocre songbird, he legitimizes the oblivious hero Emmet Brickowski, as well as the overacted badass Rex Dangervest. Elizabeth Banks is great, Will Arnet keeps cashing checks while making fun of Christian Bale’s Batman voice, and the other returning characters still work. Nick Offerman’s Metalbeard and Charlie Day’s Benny regularly exceed expectations. Can we please get them their own spinoff? Lego: Spaceship Pirates would be a solid gold money maker.
In this sequel, we see our heroes in a battle with new and unforgiving antagonists, the inhabitants of the “Sistar” System. The bigger and form-shifting Lego Duplo “monsters” terrorize Bricksburg, leaving it a desolate wasteland. When the Bricksburg heroes (conveniently not including Emmet) are kidnapped and taken to the Sistar system, Emmet must find a way to save them! On his journey, Emmet meets the strong and charismatic Rex Dangervest. Together, Rex and Emmet put together a plan to save Bricksburg’s heroes. Plot twists, tear-jerking character backstories, and a jump to the “real world” later, the Duplo Queen, voiced wonderfully by Tiffany Haddish, helps Emmet and team save the day. The real story here is a good life lesson on sharing and appreciating your siblings. Not all big brothers are villains, and not all little sisters are monsters. Some, sure; but not all.
As always, the graphics team brings Lego bricks to life, but the plot was about as average as most sequels. The pacing seems forced, the humor is hit or miss, and the music is the biggest step backward when compared to its predecessor. The pop culture references are deeper dives, and while the PG rating is not entirely justified, there is nothing in this movie that kids of all ages wouldn’t enjoy.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is not going to shatter the box office or set any records. It is not going to be a staple in every kid’s movie library and it is not going to hit you with a catchy tune, but it will certainly give you a chuckle and keep you entertained for the more than manageable 107-minute run-time. The closing credits sequence was some of the funniest material in this movie, so be sure to stick around.
Overall, this is another “junk food” entry into the winter movie release schedule. It is worth the price and time if you have younger children because it is bright, colorful, flashy, and funny. Is it as well thought out, funny, or catchy as the original? Absolutely not. However, like Emmet, this one is comfortably middle-of-the-road. Everything is NOT awesome, but that’s okay! If everything is awesome, then nothing is.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
- Movie Itself