The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Warner Bros. Animation
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish
When the team we’ve come to know as Lord & Miller unleashed The Lego Movie back in 2014, no one expected much from an animated action-comedy for kids based on the beloved building block toys. Sure the duo had back-to-back hits with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and the 21 Jump Street reboot, but a movie about Legos? How could THAT be any good?
Of course hind-sight is 20/20 and we definitely should have known not to doubt them. And now with two spin-off films (the hit The Lego Batman Movie and the niche The Lego Ninjago Movie), the series gets around to a true sequel. While we unfortunately can’t be surprised by the sheer fun of the first one all over again, it’s still a great sequel that hits a lot of the same high notes that the first one did.
That being said, this one is not directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Mike Mitchell steps in, and while the results are mostly good, one can’t help but feel like something is missing, despite a pretty much complete returning cast including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett, as well as some great new additions like Tiffany Haddish and Brooklynn Prince from The Florida Project.
The story takes cues from the likes of Toy Story 3 with a healthy fear of growing up and the changes that we go through when moving away from our childhood toys… This all of course is wrapped up in a giant space action adventure filled with a joke a minute and dueling Chris Pratt performances as well as plenty of pop culture references and DC character cameos… All of which itself is wrapped up in live action segments that feature the actual kids playing with the Legos and annoying their mom (which is surprisingly touching and well done). The two story-lines eventually converge on an impending “Ourmomageddon” with all out chaos and mayhem… Just like when moms in real life get mad at their kids for not listening to them.
There’s so much to like in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and it’s an easy recommend. But just like many sequels before it, don’t expect to be as wowed as the first time.