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Somehow, I’ve got nothing. No clever segue.
The story looks like it’s a direct follow-up to the first movie. The world has experienced an apocalypse and are visited by aliens who take most of the main Lego cast, with the exception of Emmet, who goes to try and save them with the help of a thrill-seeking awesome dude.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Chris Pratt (JURASSIC WORLD  and 2 , GUARDIANS  and VOL.2 , MAG 7 , and upcoming films THE KID  and ONWARD ), Elizabeth Banks (HAPPYTIME , POWER RANGERS , LOVE & MERCY , PITCH PERFECT , and upcoming films BRIGHTBURN  and CHARLIE’S ANGELS ), Tiffany Haddish (NOBODY’S FOOL , GIRLS TRIP , KEANU , and upcoming films THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2  and LIMITED PARTNERS ), and Will Arnett (TEEN TITANS , NUT JOB 2 , and TMNT 2 ).
In support, we have Alison Brie (THE POST , LITTLE HOURS , HOW/SINGLE , and GLOW [2017 – ongoing]), Nick Offerman (EL ROYALE , FOUNDER , SING , and HOTEL TRANS. 2 ), Maya Rudolph (HAPPYTIME, NUTJOB 2, HIGH SCHOOL SINKING , SISTERS , and upcoming films WINE COUNTRY  and THE WILLOUGHBYS ), Brooklynn Prince (FLORIDA PROJECT , and upcoming films THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2  and THE TURNING ), and Jason Momoa (AQUAMAN  and BAD BATCH ).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Mike Mitchell, known for TROLLS (2016). Co-writing the screenplay is duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Composing the score is Mark Mothersbaugh, known for HOLMES & WATSON (2018), THOR 3 (2017), PITCH PERFECT 2 (2015), and HOTEL TRANS. (2012). Finally, the editor is Clare Knight, known for KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016).
Overall, I am so stoked. I just hope that NINJAGO was a fluke in subpar writing and storytelling and we’ll get right back on track with the previous two flicks. It looks silly, but I hope not too silly.
This is my honest opinion of: THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
Five years ago, Brickopolis was visited by aliens. Despite Emmet’s (voiced by Chris Pratt) best efforts at keeping the peace, the aliens and people of Brickopolis ended up fighting, resulting in the city’s destruction.
From the ashes of the conflict came a gruffer and grittier city, and everyone has hardened with it, ever vigilant of a second attack. Only Emmet has remained his usual chipper self, and Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) is worried that it’s going to prevent him from growing up. However, things do end up changing when someone new arrives, General Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), of the Sis-Star System, ruled by the “non-threatening” Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), and kidnaps Lucy, Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), Unikitty (voiced by Alison Brie), Benny the Spaceman (voiced by Charlie Day), and MetalBeard (voiced by Nick Offerman) for a wedding that “unite” the two worlds, but no one buys it. Meanwhile, Emmet ventures out to save them when he encounters a rough and gruff man of action named Rex Dangervest (voiced by Chris Pratt), who decides not only to help Emmet become a more mature and hardened man for Lucy, but to help him get his friends back.
Ahhhh, I like it! I really, really like it! I liked it a lot, I liked it so much! … … … But maybe not as much as the first one. NOT THE FACE!!! *cringe* Joking aside (hopefully), I do think this is a really good sequel, very worthy of the original. But… ehhh, you know how the ending of the original was actually very deep in its message, and yet at the same time, is really simple? Well, this one is… a little harder to follow. But we’ll get to that in the spoilers section. Mean time, let’s gush!
I love how this movie tries to be all darker and edgier, while being low-key sarcastic about it. Banks, who has about the sweetest voice that a woman could possibly have, is trying to be all brooding, and it works absolutely beautifully. The way they light Lucy’s face and animate even the slightest of expressions, like the curving of her lip to enunciate her brooding, I absolutely loved it. But likewise, Emmet really works in this environment too. While Lucy and the other have become war-ready, Emmet is still the sweet-natured guy he’s always been and builds him and Lucy a cute little house in the middle of the wasteland. This movie never loses that level of charm, even as Emmet tries to learn about being tougher.
And let’s talk about our newest additions. Of course, I love Rex as the over-the-top prototypical action hero who is also making fun of Pratt’s own body of work. I mean, he’s literally a space outlaw (Guardians of the Galaxy) who is a raptor trainer (Jurassic World), two of his biggest franchises, and it’s all gloriously meshed into a single hilarious character who is beyond entertaining to watch as well as bouncing off of Emmet. What I absolutely love about Emmet’s development when working with Rex is that he actually does have legit motivation to be better for Lucy. He really does pay attention, he really does pick up some tricks, and he does seem to hold his own when danger strikes.
Also, I really enjoy the animation on Queen Watevra and doesn’t seem to have a single form. She’s a pony, a tentacle monster, but mostly animated like a pop star, which I wasn’t really sure about at first, but the more I saw that form and how all of the little pieces were being used, I got used to it pretty quickly. She’s definitely a fun character.
But really, I think it’s time to get to my one complaint about the flick, and really, it’s more of a nitpick. So if you disagree, I completely understand, but here we go.
Alright, so you know how the message at the end of the first movie is actually really powerful, yet simplistic? It’s all about how a little boy is processing how his dad is taking away fun in his LEGOs and that there’s, more or less, no right or wrong way to play with them? It’s pretty easy to follow, am I right?
Well, this movie does something similar, and arguably even more emotionally impacting. However, it’s… ehhh, a bit harder to follow. Okay, if you were to turn the picture off and just listen to what Emmet tells Rex, he’s basically saying that growing up is a part of life and we all need to do it, but there’s no shame in retaining some of that childish nature. However, the live-action visuals almost paint an entirely different picture. All Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) wanted was for Finn (Jadon Sand) to play LEGOs with her, and he… kind of out of nowhere does so. Okay, I think I know what the movie was going for. That older siblings shouldn’t be afraid of playing with their younger siblings in different ways. It keeps with the theme of “no wrong way to play with LEGOs,” as well as providing a more personal spin on it by learning about the relationship between Finn and Bianca. However, here’s the issue I take with the final message: I don’t think the rest of the movie supports this message. The first movie was crystal clear what it was all about, but this one is a little too “is that really what this was about?” What do the LEGOs do that reflect his mind-set? If anything, it just looks like Bianca took his LEGOs and he wants them back. Nothing screamed, or subtly inferred that he was too old to play with her.
Overall, I wish I knew what else to talk about in terms of what I loved, but I found it to be quite hard to talk about. Not because I didn’t like it, but rather because I loved everything else that I’m paralyzed with indecision. Minus the only element that I disliked about the movie, it’s quite amazing. I hope to watch it again in theaters because this was way too much fun to only see once. As a recommendation, what do you think?! Highly recommended. If you loved the first one, this one’s just as good.
My honest rating for THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART: a strong 4/5
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