“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

By: Brennan Atkins

“The LEGO Movie,” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, wowed audiences back in 2014 with its top-notch animation, rib-tickling humor, and of course – awesome music.

“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” directed by Mike Mitchell, is a comedy-musical including Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski/Rex Dangervest, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy, Will Arnett as Batman, and Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.

This film takes place five years after the first, set in a dystopian future where building and having fun in general is seen as foolish, and even downright dangerous. 

This conflicts with Emmet, as having fun and building are two of his most prominent traits. He feels as if he needs to be tougher in order to fit in. He wants to change for his sake, and more importantly, Lucy’s.

The hype for this movie has been building up for a while – let’s see if these bricks come tumbling down.

Right off the bat, similar to the first film, the stop motion animation, mixed with conventional animation is seamless. There’s a certain charm that comes with seeing the real toys being used, reminiscent of the early days of YouTube, with just a $99 million budget.

The soundtrack, while not as memorable as the first, is always welcome. It seems as if this movie has more of a focus on the music than the first, and with “Everything is Awesome” being a hit, it makes sense.

The voice acting was appropriate for each character, and the inclusion of Rex Dangervest was a delightful addition to the cast. He has a macho attitude, and Pratt’s voice delivers just that. 

Some of the most chucklesome moments include Dangervest, as he is just unique compared to the other characters. They even reference other films that Pratt has been in – from having pet raptors, to being a galaxy crusader.

The movie is presented as a “hero saves their friends” plot, but it slowly turns into something more, and this is appreciated. Having plot twists and multiple storylines keeps audiences entertained throughout.

Oh, I forgot to mention my personal highlight of the film. Bruce Willis is in the film – he plays Bruce Willis. 

Nice.

Unfortunately, some pieces just don’t fit the larger picture. Or Lego set.

The theme of the movie doesn’t relate as well to the Lego franchise as the first. Its predecessor’s film was about creativity, breaking molds and growing as a person. This movie has a bit more of a general theme, and its message isn’t anything special.

The live-action scenes of the movie didn’t grip me like the first. The kid from the first film has grown up a bit, and now has to share his Legos with his little sister. Will Ferrell isn’t ever seen on screen, and instead is replaced with the mother, played by Maya Rudolph. 

While the film isn’t as “awesome” as the first, I feel as if it is on the upper echelon of modern kids’ films. It’s everything a Lego Movie needs – it’s easy to digest, which isn’t a bad thing.

“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” is a fun ride and fitting sequel to the series and if you enjoyed the first one, you’ll certainly find enjoyable elements in this film.

Bruce Willis is in it.

Grade: B

The bricks stack neatly, but not that high.

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