The LEGO Movie franchise injected some new blood into the world of animation back when it started in 2014 with the first LEGO Movie, proving that taking a commercialised product and turning it into a film can lead to something that is unique, intelligent and sincere all at the same time. That level of quality continued with the equally impressive LEGO Batman Movie and even though the LEGO Ninjago Movie was a step-down, it was still pretty enjoyable. Now we have the fourth entry with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and everything is still awesome as this is a hugely entertaining sequel with great ideas, creativity unleashed and catchy songs aplenty.
The concepts and themes of this film are more impressive than the first film, tapping into the idea of a younger sister who just wants to play with her older brother but they don’t always get along with her creating her own LEGO universe called Systar System (get it?) and him changing his own LEGO world into Apocalypseburg because of how she’s interacting with him and the fact that he’s gotten older since the last film. The theme of change is also carried into the LEGO characters since the citizens of Apocalypseburg and especially Lucy/Wildstyle wants Emmett to be toughened up and not be so happy and optimistic all the time, but over the course of the movie, we find how damaging that could be once the new character of Rex Dangervest enters the scene and tries to influence Emmett.
Those themes and ideas are the strongest point of the movie and while the humour may not be quite as razor-sharp as in the first film or even in The LEGO Batman Movie, it’s still pretty hilarious, especially the scenes involving Batman and his romantic interactions with Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi. It’s quite clear now at this point that Will Arnett’s LEGO Batman is one of the best interpretations of the character to date and Arnett still manages to convey the arrogance and wit that makes that version of the Dark Knight so beloved. Also remarkable is that with the inclusions of songs, this movie is almost a musical at times, and that shows what’s missing now with certain animated films of late, and once you hear these songs they never leave your head, especially the ‘Catchy Song’.
In the end, this adds further proof that the talented duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are a creative force that think outside the box and go for it with big ideas and witty humour. They demonstrated that with the two LEGO Movies, the Jump Street duology and the recent Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which might still be their best work and is currently taking the award ceremonies by storm. One wonders now what their original take on Solo: A Star Wars Story would’ve been like. Frankly, it would’ve been much better than what we got! But besides that, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is an entertaining watch that must be seen by everyone, regardless if you’re young or old.
Dir: Mike Mitchell
Scr: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Maya Rudolph
Prd: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Jinko Gotoh
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Country: US, Denmark, Australia
Run time: 107 mins
The LEGO Movie 2 is out now in cinemas.