Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’

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It has to be a difficult task to create a sequel to a story like ‘The Lego Movie.’ The film had such a self-referential ‘meta’ ending, one that essentially said to the audience, ‘these characters were never real, they were just figments of’other people’s imaginations.’ Yet here we are, with ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,’ and you know what? Writers/producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller embraced the challenge, hugged the weird, caressed the meta, and created yet another brick-centric film that is highly enjoyable and just plain old-fashioned fun.

Picking up immediately where the first film left off, the fearsome and bulky Duplos have invaded Bricksburg, and our familiar characters are under duress.’ Yes, the gang’s all back: lovable and goofy Emmett (Chris Pratt), total boss Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), blissfully self-centered Batman'(Will Arnett), old-school Lego stalwart Benny the Spaceman (Charlie Day), alternating-sweet-and-scary Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie), Frankenstein-esque pirate Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), and even Lord Business (Will Ferrell) makes a quick appearance before ‘going golfing’ and getting the heck out of the way.

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  • Date: 2019-02-10T02:32:36-05:00
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Movie review: ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ imaginatively builds on first animated adventure

Movie review: ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ imaginatively builds on first animated adventure

Like the venerable, versatile plastic bricks it’s literally built on, ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ imaginatively expands in fun, freewheeling ways on the cleverly rendered foundations of the original 2014 computer-animated feature.

For fans who have patiently waited out five years and two spinoffs ‘ the popular ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ and the lackluster ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ ‘ to find out what happened after aliens made of toddler-friendly Duplo blocks landed in Bricksburg and declared ‘we are here to destwoy you,’ the sequel picks up right where the first film left off and quickly constructs a whole new universe of possibilities.

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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Review: Everything Is Not Awesome. Everything Is an Ad.

The new animated Lego movie is pretty much like the last one. Or maybe I’m thinking of another one, not that it much matters. There are differences between editions, most fairly negligible. The unifying factor, to note the obvious about the state of big-screen children’s entertainment, is that they are all feature-length commercials. The ‘Transformers’ series helped pave the way for Legos by flipping the old idea that movies (like ‘Star Wars’) were the creative source for the licensed merch, the lunchboxes and action figures. Now, toys, board games and so on are sometimes the originating point.

Lego Movie 2 might not be as awesome as the first, but it’s pretty close

The characters and sets still come complete with scarred and pitted texture on their surfaces, just like real plastic, for an authentic stop-motion look. But whether it’s a space battle between various kinds of Lego or a vampire DJ with the voice of Noel Fielding or a startling detour into crayon, the humour is completely unfettered by such boring adult concerns as logic or physics. The result is a trippy treat for kids and adults.

Chris Pratt, who starred alongside velociraptors in Jurassic World, encounters familiar chums in The Lego Movie 2. It’s just that kind of flick.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ just as awesome as first film

From left, Unikitty, voiced by Allison Brie, Benny, voiced by Charlie Day, President Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, MetalBeard, voiced by Nick Offerman, Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, Lucy/Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and Batman, voiced by Will Arnett in a scene from the animated adventure ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.’ (Warner Bros. Pictures)

From left, Green Lantern, voiced by Jonah Hill, Superman, voiced by Channing Tatum, and Lex Luthor, voiced by Ike Barinholtz in a scene from the animated adventure ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.’ (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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