Movie Review: The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part



Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, & Tiffany Haddish

Directed By: Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Deuce Bigalow)

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes

America’s favorite building block toy gets the big screen treatment for the fourth time in The Lego Movie 2.First there was, of course, The Lego Movie, in 2014.2017 saw two side projects get their own Lego Movie.The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.Now the proper follow-up to the original Lego Movie.

Chris Pratt stars as Emmet, an annoyingly positive master brick builder who is trying to rebuild his destroyed home town. Elizabeth Banks co-stars as Lucy, the object of Emmet’s affection who wants Emmet to have a little more edge.The Duplo invaders come from outer space and kidnap our heroes.

If you’ll notice, The Duplo Invaders share the name of a Lego subsidiary product.Duplo are basically Legos for smaller children, so they can’t choke on them.While the movie is computer animated, there are moments where we flash to real live action, and see the movie is just a boy trying to play with his Legos and his younger sister keeps interfering.A clever framing device for the events of the movie.

Fans of the other Lego movies will rejoice in hearing that this is more of the same witty meta humor from the first movie.And yes, the Everything is Awesome song from the original story gets remixed several different ways here to varying degrees of success.Great voice work from Pratt, playing two roles here.The dim-witted Emmet and the strange newcomer Rex, which is essentially just a composite of every character Chris Pratt plays in big, loud action movies.

Great supporting work from Will Arnett who plays Batman as a selfish and egotistical hero.Tiffany Haddish plays the invading Duplo Queen.Just about every character in this movie is voiced by someone you know.It’s an impressively deep roster.Lot of cameos too.No spoilers, but Bruce Willis does steal a scene or two as himself.

My one sort of beef with this movie is that there were too many musical numbers.What works best for me in these movies is the snappy dialogue.And having to break away from that for the fourth different version of the same song was a little annoying.Even when they wrote in jokes about “Oh no, another song!”.Shrek did that joke first, and they did it better.

Of all the movies kids are going to drag their parents to this year, this is certainly one of the better options.Lots of jokes for the adults, not inappropriate jokes.Just sort of jokes about fame and Hollywood that kids won’t get yet.You know the voices and what they’ve done in the past.The young kids don’t.

The Lego Movie 2 has a lot of good messages about being yourself and sharing with others.Good messages without being overly preachy, it’s got a lot of heart to the story.It’s a real successful movie, maybe not as good as the first movie.It’s probably as good as The Lego Batman Movie, but I have a soft spot for all things Batman, so I’m biased and would slot that just ahead of this one.But certainly The Lego Movie 2 is worth seeing for parents and kids alike.Nothing profane or gross, nothing really scary or shocking for the little kids.

I didn’t watch the first movie before seeing this.I was a little lost at first.Took a minute to get my bearings.They try and recap the first movie and drop you back into this world.Certainly not essential viewing before seeing the new one, but heck, it’s better than a lot of kids movies you see each year.

On a scale of " See It /Stream It/Skip It", I would definitely say 'See It'.

If you liked The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, or Minions you might like The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

3 out of 5 stars for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.More of the same, but in the best way possible.


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