Verdict: A delightful adventure filled with clever comedy and infectious positivity.
In 2014, The Lego Movie unexpectedly turned toys into a successful blockbuster, which kickstarted a franchise. Five years later, it makes a charming return with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, with Mike Mitchell taking over the director’s chair.
What’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part About:
Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into Apocalypseburg, with all the residents turned into grittier, tougher versions of themselves. Well, all of them except for Emmett (Chris Pratt), who still listens to the teeny bop version of ‘Everything is Awesome’ every day and greets sewer babies, Chainsaw Dave, and others with a smile. But when General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) arrives and kidnaps Emmett’s friends – Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman), and Benny (Charlie Day), he has to toughen up and rescue them with the help of Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt). Together, they have to prevent the marriage of Systar System’s suspicious Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) and Batman, which Emmett believes will bring about something called ‘Armamageddon’.
In The Lego Movie, it was revealed that everything that happened in Bricksburg was actually happening in the real world where Finn (Jadon Sand) and his father (Will Ferrell) were playing with Lego bricks. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part builds upon this, with the real world conflict happening between Finn and his sister, Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) who keeps trying to play with Finn’s Legos using her wacky Duplo figures and their mom (Maya Rudolph) having to struggle to keep them from fighting. We get flashes of the real world inventively worked into what’s happening within the Lego world.
The genius of the script by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who had written and directed the first film, but only writing it this time around) is on full display. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part takes many inventive turns, has clever dialogues, and is made in a way that audiences of all ages can enjoy. There’s also a message geared towards kids and it’s something adults can find inspiring too.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part also turns everything up a notch. Not only are there catchier songs (a song is literally named ‘Catchy Song‘ whose lyrics go – This song’s gonna get stuck inside your head) but there is also more humor, more mayhem, more cameos, and more pop-culture references. Even the credits are rolled to more Lego animation and a self-referential song that will want to make you stay till the end.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While it isn’t an unexpectedly groundbreaking film like The Lego Movie, the sequel manages to exceed your expectations and have you entertained in a way that leaves you wanting for more.
Why You Should Watch:
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a film everyone who is old enough to play Legos (and that includes the adults) will love. You don’t even need to have seen the first film to enjoy this one. It is a colorful blast of high-energy fun that will have you leaving the theater feeling upbeat, just like Emmett.