The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Written by: Chris Miller, Phil Lord & Matthew Fogel
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Allison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Jadon Sand & Brooklynn Prince
The newest LEGO movie comes out this weekend – ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part‘! Picking up right where the original left off, we see Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and Company adjusting to life after the fall of Lord Business but then… invaders from DUPLO (a younger child’s LEGO toy) appear and begin to wreak havoc. A time jump 5 years into the future finds that the town of Bricksburg has become a hostile dystopia after constant attacks from the DUPLO universe. Wyldstyle’s insistence that Emmet toughen up makes him take on a dangerous mission leading him to meet adventurer Rex Dangervest who has a plan for how to destroy their mutual enemies once and for all.
As with most sequels, this film falls a little short of the rather high benchmark set by the original. It’s still fun and still an enjoyable movie with several “LOL” moments, but the charm and panache of its predecessor have vanished. The film’s score and musical numbers are dynamic and catchy and there’s enough humor to keep you from getting bored however the whole product feels rather lackluster despite this. Obviously the whole plot of the movie is an imaginary scenario revolving around the desire of real-life little sister Bianca (played by Brooklynn Prince) to play with her real-life older brother Finn (a role reprised by Jadon Sand from the original) but, the whimsy of the LEGO action that the first film had didn’t quite translate over into the sequel. No doubt this movie will still perform well at the box office, but I wouldn’t expect it to rake in quite as much of a box office haul as others in the series have garnered.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d have to say that this film only builds its way up to a 6.5. Sadly, everything is not as awesome as it originally was, but it’s still a good film to catch if you’re looking for some silly fun as an alternative to some of the other films currently in theaters.