The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Movie Review

4 out of 5
Jeremy Wood

Just a few short years ago, I got wrangled into taking my son to The Lego Movie. I really didn’t know much about it, had never been into Legos, and felt like at the very least I might be able to get a few minutes of much needed shut eye while my son munched away on his candy. That’s what I felt would happen, but what ended up happening is that I laughed through the whole movie, and really enjoyed a film that was as creative as I had ever seen (and I had a song stuck in my head about everything being awesome for about two weeks).

Now we get The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and while expectations are up, this time I walked in just hoping this film could be as close to as good as the first. I was fully expecting that it would be a retread of jokes that had already been told, with little room for getting better, and potentially even a money grab — banking on fans of the first movie. Once again, I was wrong.

Just like the first film, the creativity for the story is great (though it has echoes of the first, with even a bit of Toy Story in it), and the voice acting is terrific. The production of the film is off the charts as well, as the entire movie is filled with fun colors and a world that works and acts just like you’d think Legos would. Whereas the first movie deals with a son trying to play with his dad’s Lego created world, this one has the younger sister (who appeared at the end of the first film), trying to enter the Lego created world her older brother has made. The story picks up right where the first movie left off, and then skips forward 5 years, as the two siblings can’t seem to get along and have created separate worlds in which the characters from those worlds either fear or dislike each other. What was once a thriving business community run by President Business, is now a barren wasteland straight out of a Mad Max film, and all of our previous heroes have created it simply because the aliens who invaded at the end of the first movie, seem to have no interest in the world as long as it’s boring and rough around the edges.

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are back as Emmet and Wyldstyle (or Lucy), along with Will Arnett, as what I consider to be the best Batman of them all. New to the cast are all of the members of the little sister’s world, including Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Whatever I Wanna Be) and Stephanie Beatriz as General Mayhem. After the fast forward, Emmet and Wyldstyle are tracked and chased by one of the aliens who is probing for someone to take back to the Sistar System (Sister System), to marry the Queen. After a short struggle, the alien (General Mayhem) takes five characters as candidates and hostages. Ever the optimist, Emmet is left behind to try to rally the troops to save his friends, which no one else volunteers for. So Emmet strikes out on his own, where he is eventually joined by Rex Dangervest (I won’t spoil who is doing the voice, but it is a nice impression of Kurt Russell). From here it is up to Emmet and Rex, along with Wyldstyle (who is the only captive fighting to get free), to escape the Sistar System.

Kids will simply love this movie — because of the Legos, the characters, the colors, the story and everything else. Adults will love this movie for all of the same reasons, along with the quick and witty side jokes that only they will get, but are completely age appropriate for everyone. Though I’m sure there was a script for the film, it really feels as though each voice actor had the freedom to add in whatever they wanted. Not that the writers couldn’t have come up with it all — but at times it just feels like the actors threw something in that stuck, was funny or both — and they made room for it. This is what makes the film so fun. It is predictable because you know exactly what comes next — but that doesn’t matter — because the banter, dialogue and action make up for all of that.

Just like the first film, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is just a good movie. And though it’s made for kids, and is told through children’s eyes — every bit of it will have adults fully enjoying themselves too. Perhaps one of the best aspectS of the movie is how many voices you will recognize, and the sheer fun you can hear coming from them as it plays out on the screen.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is currently playing, and is rated PG for some rude humor.

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Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood

Owner of Cinematic Visions…A Professional, Award Winning Video and Media Production Company. Matthew 5:16.

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