Mini Film Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Last night I went to see The Lego Movie 2; and I am sort of bit lost as what to think of it. The sequel picks off where the first film ended, where invaders from the Planet Duplo come to destroy the world of Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). The film much like it’s predecessor comes armed with the desire to teach the lesson that playing together can be rough but still be enjoyable, no matter what the age range or gender. The film’s cast returns along with the amazing Stephanie Beatriz, and the film works well at providing some amazing laughs and jokes at pop culture, life, Lego, movies and music, plus comes with its own songs. The film is fun, the film is funny; the story is a bit weird though. It delivers a nice swerve in narrative as the main villain changes from the obvious to the accidental, and the story likes to show what matters is who you really are and not what other people necessarily want you to be. The issue I find is that it feels too similar to the first film. It almost copies its own template and plotting out, and while the swerve to look at the real world from the Lego point of view tries to look different, in the first film it was a nice surprise; in this one it just feels like it’s there because the first film did it. It was a funny and a nice easy-going film to watch, but not necessarily delivering the same splash of Awesome that the first film provided (except for a scene featuring a classic song – I think – by Motley Crue).

 

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