The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part review
Everything really is awesome! I've revisited The Lego Movie multiple times, and not only does it still hold up, but I think it plays an important part in how modern comedy can speak to modern audiences. It's no secret were living in an age of consistently evolving social landscapes, thanks to the internet and social media. It's also become a time in which more people seem to be taking an "us vs. them" principle. The Lego Movie took a hard jab at this philosophy and made it's story about how no matter how much we disagree with how people want to live, we have no choice but to try and work together if we want to find lasting piece. Would I consider it one of my favorite comedies? Yes.
Warner Brothers has been trying to expand it's foray into the Lego universe with varying results. While The Lego Batman Movie was nice parody over the caped crusader, The Lego Ninjango Movie was a mixed bag aimed mainly at kids. To be fair, The Lego Movie set the standard very high and reaching that same level has proven to be very challenging. So let's see if The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part can accomplish that.
Set after the invasion of the Duplo toys from the ending of the first movie, Bricksberg has now become a post-apocalyptic wasteland called "Apocalypseburg". Many of the Lego friends from before have been taken away, leaving Emmet (Played by Chris Pratt), Lucy (played by Elizabeth Banks), Batman (played by Will Arnett), Unikitty (played by Alison Brie), Benny (played by Charlie Day) and Metalbeard (played by Nick Offerman) all to survive. While everyone has toughened up and matured, Emmet is still his cheerful, upbeat self who keeps trying to find the positive side of things.
During another Duplo invasion, more people are taken to the "Systar System", including Lucy. Emmet converts his dream home into a spaceship to prove he's more then capable of rescuing his friends. At the same time, Lucy and the others discover the one taking them is Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (played by Tiffany Haddish). Her goal is to brainwash everyone into being just as happy as she is and marry Batman. Emmet almost gets lost, but is saved by a cool Lego, Rex Dangervest (played by Chris Pratt) who also agrees to teach Emmet how to be like him. Sides are taken and Lego people uncover not everything as it seems.
I'm happy to say that The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is also a very good movie and sequel. It's not as good as the original, but I've come to accept that was "capturing lightning in a bottle". Nothing was going to match it and whatever this was going to do, really had to embrace it's over-the-top nature further. As a story, it continues evolve Emmet (played again very well), while teaching us if we want to be upbeat in a dark world, then it's important to be ourselves.
I was trying to figure out something else. While the story, actors, and songs were all good, something felt a little different. I realized that it was the comedy. The comedy is really good and got me laughing in spots I didn't think would be. Some of it included Tiffany Haddish's new character it's connection to the real world. The problem is that it tries some obvious ad-libing where it doesn't always work. The first movie was tighter and probably stuck closer to what Phil Lord & Chris Miller had in mind. Otherwise, it does fit fine as a story on it's own and as a sequel.
Also like before, the animation is really good. It again goes for the photorealistic, Lego look that the first had, making it almost like a stop-motion feature. Though their brief, I also like a lot of the live action material and how it all ties into the events going on in the Lego universe.
I'll give this four Lego starships out of five. Those that like the first movie should like the second one fine. I'm sure some may not be that impressed, but they have to remember the first reached a level that was so impressive, that it was going to be difficult to recreate anyway. Give it a click or two and go see it.