‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Film Review

Grade: A

Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

Five years after ‘The Lego Movie’ became a cultural phenomenon, ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ manages to show us that everything is still awesome, though not quite, since everything has literally become an apocalyptic wasteland, straight from a ‘Mad Max’ movie, but in terms of entertainment, it can be fun. ‘The Second Part’ picks up immediately after the first ‘Lego Movie’ left off, where Emmett (Voice of Chris Pratt) and his friends find their world invaded by Duplo bricks. Of course, if anyone can remember, the events of ‘The Lego Movie’ were revealed to be conjured up in the head of a young boy named Finn (Jadon Sand, who reprises his role), who was playing with his busy dad’s Lego bricks. While that film had an ambiguity on whether the world of Lego was real or just a metaphor about family bonding, ‘The Second Part’ proves to be nothing more than a story about sibling rivalry and growing up.

The metaphor is represented by two different worlds; Bricksburg (now known as Apocalypseburg after the devastating attack from the Duplo invaders), and the Systar System, a pretty galaxy inhabited by sunshine, rainbows, and beautiful colors. Finn’s sister’s desire to play with her older brother is in the form of a Lego Friends figure known as General Mayhem (Voice of Stephanie Beatriz), who takes the likes of Lucy (Voice of Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Voice of Will Arnett), MetalBeard (Voice of Nick Offerman), Princess Unikitty (Voice of Alison Brie), and Benny (Voice of Charlie Day) in favor of a wedding planned by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Voice of Tiffany Haddish), a shape-shifting alien made of different Lego bricks; this premise is just as insane as it sounds.

On the other hand, Emmett wants to prove himself to be the hero by bringing his friends back to Apocalypseburg, but not without running into Rex Dangervest (Voice of Pratt), a “galaxy-defending archeologist, cowboy, and raptor trainer” (A nod to Pratt’s roles in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, The Magnificent Seven’, ‘Jurassic World’, and a possible rumor where he was slated to play the next ‘Indiana Jones’). Compared to Emmett’s bright personality and lust for life, Rex is cool, badass, and no-nonsense, which can prove to be a challenge when it comes to Emmett saving his friends. 

With its many twists-and-turns, ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ expects you to have fun with its antics. While being a relatable story about brother-and-sister learning to get along, it manages to be a fun meta-commentary on disaster movies, musicals, and children’s movies as well. ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ has all the ingredients for a sequel to work, and knows how to come across it, with laughs, heart, and a new song that is bound to “get stuck inside your head” long after the credits roll.

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