The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

★★★ ½

Rated on a 5-star scale.

It blows my mind that the first Lego Movie came out five years ago. As a childhood LEGO fanatic, I absolutely loved the first movie. Even if you didn’t play with LEGO as a kid, I’m sure you could still enjoy the absurd comedy, the stunning animation, and the heartfelt story.

Now, in 2019, Warner Bros. has done it again. While The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part might feel formulaic in some areas, this formula is tried, true, and just a ton of fun.

Emmet & Co. | © 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures

The Lego Movie 2 picks up five years after “The Man Upstairs” (Will Ferrell) allows his son Finn (Jason Sand) and Finn’s younger sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) to play with his LEGO setup. During those five years (in the LEGO universe), the Duplo invaders that appeared at the end of the first movie have been regularly attacking Bricksburg, kidnapping its citizens and bringing them to the Systar System, transforming Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic society named Apocalypseburg. After the leader of the Duplo army, General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz), kidnaps Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and friends, Emmet (Chris Pratt) must save them before the ruler of the Systar System, Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), can enact a sinister plot to hold a mysterious matrimonial ceremony. Along the way, Emmet meets Rex Dangervest (also Chris Pratt), a hardened intergalactic adventurer who agrees to help Emmet get to the Systar System and save his friends.

The Lego Movie 2 is a surprisingly emotional movie that will especially speak to siblings of all ages. While the original focused on father and son, the sequel centers on the relationship between brother and sister. The LEGO visuals of Finn’s creations and Bianca’s are very distinct and clearly highlight the contrasting personalities of the two siblings.

General Mayhem | © 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures

Speaking of visuals, the extraordinary animation style once again is a sight to behold. Alongside the familiar animation present in the original, The Lego Movie 2 sprinkles in some hilarious live-action LEGO moments. From a purely visual standpoint, the sequel, much like its predecessor, is an insanely entertaining movie to watch, with every shot filled to the brim with funny references, gags, and characters. It’s clear that a massive amount of care and attention to detail was put into this film.

The Lego Movie 2 also does not fall flat with its comedy as I thought it might after returning to the franchise after several years. While many of the jokes end up being pop culture references, most of them are very funny regardless, such as the heroes repeatedly running into Bruce Willis (played by himself) inside of air ducts. The only joke I found to be irritating was one involving stepping on a LEGO piece, which is a joke that has been done to death, in my opinion. Apart from that, The Lego Movie 2’s witty humor will make children and adults alike laugh out loud. I also encourage everyone to stay for the credits to hear The Lonely Island’s hilarious part in Beck’s ‘Super Cool’.

Emmet meets Rex Dangervest | © 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures

If I’m honest, many aspects of the movie seem to be more directed at adults than children. The sequel explores themes of callousness and personal change, which are not nearly as simple as the themes of perfectionism vs. imagination present in the original. It is for this reason that I probably found the sequel to be just as satisfying and entertaining as the first one. Had The Lego Movie 2 not explored deeper and more complex themes, it might have felt like it was religiously following a formula put in place by the original movie. But because it still contains the simpler concepts and chooses to push past them to reveal more mature ideas, it makes the film worth watching for all audiences.

I really loved The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. It recaptured the imaginative and exciting essence of the original Lego Movie all while adding a lot more to it. If you enjoyed the first movie, you will love the sequel as well.

The Verdict

Wyldstyle and Emmet | © 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is an incredibly entertaining sequel filled with witty comedy and clever references. While sticking with a familiar exploration of familial relationships that was so present in the original, The Lego Movie 2 also explores more complex and mature themes which will appeal to more adult audiences. The once-again stunning animation style, compelling story, and quirky characters ensure that fans of the original film will enjoy this fun-filled adventure perfect for viewers of all ages.

My Rating:

★★★ ½

Rated on a 5-star scale.

3 thoughts on “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

  1. Your review has definitely encouraged me to seek this one out. I am also looking forward to reading your thoughts on Ralph Wrecks the Internet once you see it. Keep those reviews coming!!!

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