The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - 2019
Director(s): Mike Mitchell
Writer(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matthew Fogel and Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Art Direction by: Kristen Anderson, Nick Dudar and Yeva McCloskey
Editor(s): Clare Knight
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz, Jadon Sand, Brooklynn Prince and Nick Offerman
2019 is jammed packed with animated sequels, from Frozen 2 all the way to the return of Toy Story 4. There are very few original IPs being explored this year. Weird. However, out of the crop of the seven sequels coming out, The Lego Movie was the one that had me excited. Mainly due to the creative duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) being back on board to pen the script. Walking out of the screening with a smile on my face, I am happy that they delivered with a worthy companion to the surprise hit of 2014. Let's talk about it.
The story picks up right after the events of the first one, as the citizens of Bricksburg are faced with an invasion of cute aliens that destroy everything in sight. Five years later - Bricksburg has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a la Mad Max, abandoning everything cute, with Emmet (Pratt) being the only one clinging to the ways of the past. When the alien invaders return and kidnap Lucy (Banks), Emmet most travel to the Systar System to save the day once again. This time around the central theme of the film tackles being awesome despite everything around you falling to pieces. That you don't have to give up on the change you want to see in the world, just because you are literally in an apocalyptic nightmare. Social conformity and insecurities being at the forefront of all the characters' arcs. The songs this time around were better in my eyes, with the stereotype villain song being the highlight. It does take a bit to get going, but once the crew is in the Systar System, the flow and pace pick up significantly.
When the Lego Movie came out in 2014, it took audiences and critics by surprise — boasting a unique animation style and a funny script with a sharp satirical look at capitalism in its core. Since then we have had two more installments in the Lego universe (Batman - Ninjago), and Emmet and the gang's comedic timing is well known, finding themselves in the same situation all comedy sequels find themselves in; working double as hard as the first to land the same joke. The new characters added made for a refreshing break from the formula of the original; Batman is a narcissist - Emmet is overly-optimistic, with Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (Haddish) being the highlight of the entire film. Her relationship with Batman was hilarious and added a new dimension to his character that was wearing a bit thin. The overall story is excellent and has a nice message for all ages.
The animation once again is fantastic, with the action being thrilling and exciting. I loved how Lord and Miller still were able to go to "space" and had multiple sequences like what a Star Wars film would showcase. A bit of a not so subtle jab at the overlords of Disney. The destruction of the Legos and the rapid pace of the action sequences lead to great visuals that captivated me and the entire audience. You know you have a good family film when the kids and the adults are fully invested.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a good sequel to a great film. Sequels are hard to pull, and they are even harder in the comedy genre. Lord and Miller deliver once again with a script that has enough laughs for the entire family, with a good message at the core. We currently live in a world that seems to be always looking to one-up the recent horrible event, and it can be a cycle that hardens the heart of anyone. But if we stay true to ourselves and always strive to be the positive light inside this chaos, we can be the change we want to see. Also, poop jokes are cool, and the songs are super catchy. Lord and Miller are why I love movies.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Glass Half Full.
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