The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Funny animated sequel has cartoon jeopardy, potty humor.
I remember reviewing the second Open Season ages ago. It seems like it was so long ago, almost like a lifetime ago, but it was only in 2009. That is seven years ago, but it really doesn't feel that long. Anyway, the point is that I remember not liking that movie, outside of a funny character. So, really, I don't even know why I bothered watching this. But, if I'm being completely honest, this isn't that bad of a movie. I mean it's not good and the rating will probably suggest that I thought this was a bad movie, but it's one of those bad movies that you don't really mind watching nor are you really hating any moment of it. It's just a bad movie that you watch and you get over it the moment it's offer. I don't know if that really makes a whole bunch of sense, but it does in mind and that's what matters. I will say that there's some lame humor here, like there's poop and booger jokes that feel as uninspired and lazy as anything you have ever seen in a CGi movie. But there's also some inspired bits here. Well, really, there's ONE inspired bit and that is the musical segment with Mr. Weenie lamenting the fact that he's the werewolf that everyone is looking for. Realistically speaking, this is probably the best part of the movie. I was entertained by that scene. Everything else is a little lackluster. Elliot is kind of an unlikable character at times, they used those aspects of the character to make him seem 'entertaining', but sometimes he's really insufferable, like taking everyone on this journey to find this werewolf that doesn't exist and trying to change the evidence he finds, or lack of evidence, in his favor and how the werewolf is really just trying to outwit them. So, really, the character was a little annoying. I have no real recollection of how Elliot was in the previous Open Season films I saw, but I imagine it was pretty much more of the same without very little in the way of variation. And that's not really much of a problem, these direct-to-video CGi films, especially sequels, aren't really made to show growth and progression in their already established characters. They're just churned out for parents to have something that's 'clean' and inoffensive that they can just drop their child in front of their tv without having to worry. I don't know if this is necessarily all that clean with the poop and booger jokes, but I'm not a parent so I don't really care about any of that shit. The voice acting is not particularly good. I mean it's serviceable, at best, but it's nothing worth writing home about. There's no standout performances or anything. The animation is even worse. Though, of course, they were working with considerably less resources, being a direct-to-DVD affair, than Sony Animation's big screen affairs, but there's no real life to any of what you see on-screen. There's no real detail or effort put into the characters, like Ed and Edna are horrifyingly designed. The environments are just there because they're needed. It's just no good at all. While animation is super essential, it's not really as essential as a good story with entertaining characters. Having both is important, but if I had to pick between a beautifully animated movie with an empty story or a substandard animated movie with a great story, then I'd go with the latter. You don't need beautiful animation to relate to well-written characters or identify with its story. This movie has neither of those, of course, but I'm just throwing that out there. Anyway, technically speaking, this isn't a very good movie. But it's a movie that I didn't really hate watching. I just didn't get anything from it, it didn't make me pull my hair out or scream out in anger. So that is some sort of progress I guess. It's fine for kids, if that's what you care about in these types of films.
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