Lego Movie 2: Everything Is Still Awesome

Image Courtesy of Warner Animation Group

Image Courtesy of Warner Animation Group

By Ryan Coleman

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the most recent installment in the successful Lego franchise, premiered last Friday in movie theaters nationwide. After the success of The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, this next installment brings the same energy, humor, catchy songs, and powerful underlying story lines as its predecessors.

The story begins five years after The Lego Movie ended. The town of Bricksburg has been transformed into Apocalypseburg after the invasion of the Duplo bricks, and the Mad Max-esque society that remains has left everyone gloomy and serious—except, of course, the film’s relentlessly upbeat protagonist, Emmet (Chris Pratt).

After Lucy, Batman and co are captured by an evil queen named Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), Emmet must venture out into the unknown universe to save them. Seemingly doomed, our happy-go-lucky protagonist is saved by a stubbly and adventurous dinosaur wrangler, Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt). Through a series of amusing conflicts, catchy music, hilarious pop culture references, and a shocking twist, we come to a satisfactory conclusion that also proves to be surprisingly relatable.

The first half of this movie is slow and repetitive. Basically, the film takes everything that worked in the original and does it over again. The jokes aren’t un-funny, just expected. Furthermore, the conflict begins almost immediately, without much explanation regarding who the bad guy is. Throughout the first half, I was not particularly engaged with the story or interested in how it would conclude.

The second half of the movie is an entirely different story; it’s kickstarted by a twist that both surprises the audience and re-amps their energy for the protagonists. The Lego Movie 2 also deals with much darker themes that the original, given that it focuses on growing up and the unavoidable passage of time. From a human standpoint, everyone can relate to the “Bin of Storage” (pronounces “store-ahge”), which is basically a black hole for our Lego friends.

In the end, the excitement, creative writing, and the engaging journeys of the different characters throughout the second half of the film make up for the slow, semi-confusing, and unorganized first half. I enjoyed it as much as the first two LEGO films and would absolutely recommend taking the time to see it.

Overall rating: 7.5/10

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