Title: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Mike Mitchell
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
Runtime: 1 hr 47 mins
What It Is: A sequel that takes place immediately after the events of the very first Lego Movie. As some Lego Duplo invaders from an unknown planet come and attack the city of Bricksburg. After several of these attacks, they’ve turned the city to Apocalypseburg. Now General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) has abducted several of the residents including Lucy (Banks) aka Wyldstyle and Batman (Arnett) and brought them to their planet for a wedding ceremony involving their leader Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish).
What We Think: While far more charming than the Lego: Ninjago stand-alone it’s not as good as The Lego Batman Movie and it cannot touch the original. Still, the animation is equally crisp and some of the jokes are simply too good. Pratt and Banks still bring a charm with their voices even if Haddish feels out of place here. Narratively there are some big issues for me that the script tries to explain away…but frankly it just can’t. There are some moments, which I won’t talk about too much here, that don’t EXACTLY hit for me in the way they want too.
Our Grade: B-, Yeah we’re going to call it now. This is the end of the Lego franchise. Not only did it fail commercially speaking it just really didn’t hit with the dynamite that the first entry did. Now there isn’t anywhere else to go. There’s much to be said for new things happening in animation…particularly when we look at the showstopping Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Likewise, the music here isn’t AS endearing as it was the first time around. Much like the world of the movie, everything WAS awesome…now it isn’t. Instead, it’s just…meh.