Who would’ve thought that an animated movie based on toy bricks and yellow people would end up being considered one of the best of the decade? Well, that was the case with The LEGO Movie, which brought an original, funny, and heartwarming story that connected to a lot of people. 5 years later, it now has a sequel. Will it live up to the original? Well, let’s find out. This is The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
Everything is not so awesome when the citizens of Brickberg are invaded by DUPLO invaders from outer space who turn the city into an apocalyptic wasteland called Apocalypseberg. When Lucy and others are kidnapped by the invaders, it’s up to Emmet to save them all. Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote, produced, and directed the first movie and they back on the writing and producing, but this time, with a different director. Looking at the film, it still has that Phil Lord and Chris Miller feel to it. Granted, it doesn’t feel as fresh as the original film, which is to be expected as the plot to the sequel isn’t as strong.
Most of the old cast is back along with some new players and the voice acting is solid all around. Chris Pratt voices Emmet, who’s still naive and optimistic in spite of his grim surrounding. Elizabeth Banks is the voice of Lucy/Wyldstyle and she’s pretty much the same badass that she was in the original. Other characters include Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman), Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie), etc. As for new characters, there’s Queen Watevra Wa’nabi, voiced by Tiffany Haddish. I’m gonna be honest with you: I’m not exactly a Tiffany Haddish fan as I find her to be one-note and is always casted as the same character type, so I was expecting to be annoyed by this character. But surprisingly, I ended up liking this character. She’s a shape-shifting alien who never stays in one form and she’s pretty likable. There’s also Rex Dangervest, who Emmet runs into while in space and accompanies him. There’s a twist around this character, but it’s one anyone could’ve saw coming. Basically, he’s Emmet from the future and he’s this movie’s twist villain. Seems that twist villains aren’t exclusively a Disney thing.
Once again, the animation to this film is solid. Everything runs smooth and what they do with the LEGOs is really creative. The humor is also great. It still retain that self-aware referential style that a lot of movies done by Phil Lord and Chris Miller have and it’s mainly bullseyes. There’s also a lot more music in this film and while I do like the songs, none of them come close to Everything Is Awesome. There is a song in the movie called Everything’s Not Awesome that’s not as optimistic, but isn’t overtly pessimistic either as it presents a more realistic outlook that things can get bad, but they can also be good, too. There’s Catchy Song, which isn’t as catchy as the title made it out to be. Like the first movie, The LEGO Movie 2 also has a message within it about growing up that will resonate with kids and adults alike. I think this video explains it better than I could, so go check that out. It also dives into family dynamics in the read world where in the first movie, it was a father and son and in this, it’s a brother and little sister. Amazing how a movie about toy bricks would leave such an emotional impact and do it better than more serious films.
I give The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part an 8/10. This film isn’t as great as the first, but it’s still a damn good film that has the same heart, humor, and cleverness with likable characters and a really good message underneath. It’s entertaining for both kids and adults alike and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. What’s next for the LEGO movie franchise, who knows? I’m curious.