As if Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the first Lego Movie wasn’t enough proof, I’m now starting an official petition to have Chris Lord and Phil Miller attached to every animated movie, ever. Guaranteed I’ll start getting excited for things like Wonder Park, UglyDolls and Toy Story 4 (yeah, I said it) if I see their names pop up during the opening credits.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the official sequel to The Lego Movie that, for some reason, took five years to make.
You remember The Lego Movie, of course. It’s the movie that everyone — especially the critics — were mercilessly ridiculing up until it’s release until we all saw that it wasn’t just good, it was, in fact, great and easily should have won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars that year, despite not even being nominated.
While two spin-offs have come out since then — one of which, The Lego Batman Movie, was pretty good and the other, The Lego Ninjago Movie, which I and everybody else never even bothered to see — The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part finally reunites us with Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and the rest of the gang.
About time, too. As much as the previously mentioned Lego movies might have over-saturated this brand, The Lego Movie 2 reminds us why we liked it so much
Things haven’t been going so well for our favorite team of assembled heroes since we’ve last seen them.
Ever since President Business/the father of this household (Will Ferrell) opened up his collection of toys to his children, the land has been invaded by none other than Duplo monsters.
Yes, they may look cute and harmless, but these monsters really cause nothing but chaos and mayhem wherever they go.
That’s why Bricksburg — which was once such a happy, organized place to live — has now turned into Apocalypseburg, which looks like something straight out of Mad Max: Fury Road.
It takes some getting use to, but Emmet and Lucy are still able to adjust and, for a brief moment, imagine a future together in this dark, grim world.
It can’t last, of course, as their soon subject to yet another invasion from a masked alien known only as General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz).
Mayhem kidnaps not only Lucy, but also four other of Lego’s most fearless leaders — Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and Benny (Charlie Day), who, without a single doubt in my mind, is the very best of all of them and deserves his own stand-alone movie.
Seriously, any crap I gave Charlie Day for Pacific Rim: Uprising has been completely forgiven because of this role.
While General Mayhem whisks them all away to meet the Duplo’s leader, Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Hadish), Emmet has to once again find a way to save the day, even though he’s probably the least qualified person to actually do so.
Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson from the first Lego Movie, because even though I loved that movie to pieces, I still had certain reservations about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
For whatever reason, the trailers didn’t do a whole lot to impress me and, at this point, I was kind of done with this whole Lego movie things. Warner Brothers started churning them out so fast that it just kind of seemed like the magic was lost, to the point where I wasn’t even sure if I wanted a Lego Movie 2 at all.
But I’d forgotten the cardinal rule that’s become all the more relevant the past couple of years: never bet against Lord and Miller.
To be clear, they aren’t the ones directing this time. That duty goes to Mark Mitchell (creator of such classics as Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Shrek Forever After; although, he did direct Sky High, which is a pretty fun, offbeat superhero movie) while Lord and Miller just help out with the script.
That’s enough to transfer the same amount energy, humor and heart that the first Lego Movie had into the Lego Movie 2, though, as I was 100% on board with this thing five minutes after it started.
In fact, I think The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part might be even funnier than the first. They really step their game up with the meta-jokes and fourth-wall breaks which, personally, is some of my favorite kind of humor.
The heart is there too, and, yes, The Lego Movie 2 does find a way to tie these animated figures into the real world like the first one did. Granted, it feels a little more novel in the first Lego Movie just because we had no idea that it was coming at the time, but the end result is still the same and they’re able to use it to present a surprisingly mature and socially relevant message (which reminded me of that of Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet) that would surely make the good folks over at Gillette smile.
The other thing that The Lego Movie 2: The Second Piece has more of is songs — which, at first, I thought it would be a bad thing. “Everything is Awesome” was catchy and all, but hearing it non-stop for the past five years has really just made me grow to hate it.
Thing is, the music here is actually good? Like, it’s not just catchy, but the songs actually have a purpose, professional sung and well produced?
One of those singers is none other than Tiffany Hadish herself, as she gets to show off her vocal talents in more than one musical number. Hadish absolutely crushes it too, to the point where Hollywood studios should start considering casting her in musicals.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part faced a near-impossible challenge by following its predecessor. The Lego Movie was such a huge hit with so much originality that it’s nearly impossible to make up a follow-up that’s just as good. And, they don’t. At the end of the day, The Lego Movie is still the better movie of the two.
That being said, The Lego Movie 2 does just about everything it can to be a worthy sequel. It might follow a lot of the same beats of the original, but it’s still funny, charming and remarkably animated, to the point where I’m now ready to see more of these films once again.
Bring in the MegaBlocks and let’s make this thing a trilogy, I say.
Watch the trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part here and then let us know, in the comments below, what you thought of the film!
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