Reivew: The Lego Movie 2

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer

Score: 86%

After the critical and commercial success that was the original Lego Movie, many fans were nervous about how the second entry in the series would hold up. Surprisingly, the film turned out to be just as clever and funny as the original, while bringing to the table many new themes and ideas that work as a natural extension of the lessons that the first tried to teach.

Chris Pratt and and Elizabeth Banks reprise their roles as Emmet and Wildstyle and do a wonderful job of capturing the chemistry between the two. Will Arnett returns as Batman and delivers easily the funniest portrayal of the character seen yet, and many of the newer characters such as Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi bring even more energy to the table. However, some characters like President Business, Metalbeard, and Unikitty take a backseat this time around, which came as a bit of a disappointment due to how enjoyable they were in the original film. There are a few cameos though from actors like Bruce Willis that make for some incredibly funny sequences and running gags.

The jokes in The Lego Movie 2 are a bit hit or miss in some cases, and it seems like they toned down some of the adult jokes this time around in order to appeal more to the younger demographic. While this might be disappointing to some fans who enjoyed that aspect of the first Lego Movie, there is still an abundance of subtle humor for people who look for it.

The live-action segments of the film also feel significantly weaker than in the original, and appear way too often to have an impact act the end, which is unfortunate because of how important the eventual message is to younger audiences. Will Ferrell only makes an appearance through dialogue this time around, making his performance feel quite literally phoned-in.

The film plays out like a musical in some regards, with a few of the sequences being pretty good, but with others being somewhat hit or miss. The tracks never really reach the same level that the first one did with things like “Everything is Awesome”, which may come as a relief to some people who don’t want to have to deal with their kid brother singing yet another song for the next three months. The film does utilize some fairly clever self-awareness with the “Catchy Song”, but you’ll have to listen to that one for yourself to see what I mean.

The animation is once again outstanding, with a few sequences in particular feeling like the were ripped straight out of a child’s stop-motion movie project. Action scenes are dynamic and visually interesting without sacrificing any of the comedic charm that the slower scenes do, although they can feel a little stiff at times.

The film can feel a bit hamfisted at times with the themes it is trying to convey to its audience, but it never becomes too overbearing to the point of it being annoying. The movie once again revisits the real world to tell an incredibly heartfelt story about a boy and his sister, that harkens back to the original’s father-son relationship, and it executes it exceedingly well.

The way the film decides to present its themes are what make it special, and there are no shortage of deeper messages and subtle nuances that older audiences can learn from as well.

In all, the Lego Movie 2 offers a fulfilling sequel to an already outstanding film, and reminds us that everything is still awesome, no matter what age we are.