The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Reviews
cheesy, silly jokes that were just a bit chilldish. I thought they learned their
mistake from The Lego Ninjago Movie but maybe weÔ(TM)re going to keep seeing this in the future Lego movies. Lets hope it gets a bit less silly. Anyway, despite the negatives, this movie showed us a great idea of a story, so I would recommend it. And the songs are also really catchy, the is this catchy song in it that will get stuck inside your head!
Nonetheless, the real key to a film directed strongly to kids is having relatable humour and this film will entertain the socks off of younger viewers. However, I found this movie to be extremely funny and every reference or joke lands and I found myself to be more intrigued with the film as it progressed because the humour would get a lot more consistent and cohesive towards the story and, eventually, appealed more to my age demographic. Ultimately, this feature wouldn't off worked without it's strong and persistent satire due to the fact that the absurdity and jokes swept me through the film, as well as it's surprisingly pleasurous songs. But towards the end there is a twist that has great ideals but is not executed that well and that's all down to how the script handles it. The twist isn't told visually, neither over a long period of time to let the viewer digest the info; instead the picture decides to throw it into a pile of exposition that lasts for far too long, where if you miss a little bit of info, the third act may result in confusion.
Like most, after I had seen the Lego Movie back in 2014, I wanted a sequel due to how the movie ended. I was always disappointed when the studios brought out spinoffs instead of a direct sequel so now it's here, it feels underwhelming and that was because the opening failed to galvanize me. I was extremely daunted when the sequence was heavily rushed through and only lasted for about 3 minutes or so. After this, the film finishes of it's first act with a very bland and wearisome aftermath. Whilst Emmet and Batman yet again steal the show, loveable characters like Unikitty or President Business, that became fan-favourites, feel underutilized and their presence and role discern like cameos. But despite rushing through its opening, which had huge potential, and having a bland first 15 minutes, The Lego Movie 2 is a rollercoaster of a film once it's adventure begins. Even though it lacks the heart and originality of the first and isn't in the slightest as sophisticated or surprising, this movie does bring a dose of great twists, catchy songs, cleverly realistic scenarios, and jokes that make this movie one of the funniest film from recent years - flawed but fun.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part continues on from where the first film left us, The Duplon invading BrickBurgs, and stars the same cast which include Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph and Will Ferrell. This movie, I found is not as good as the first movie because the first one appealed to both children and adults, whereas this one only appeals to children. When I was looking through the reviews, people were saying that Lego Movie 2, Everything is an ad. Ignore these idiots. When I viewed in the theatre I heard people laughing most of the way through, and saying that it was a great film.
The film gives us lots and lots of brilliant humour throughout which made this film truly wonderful. The funniest character was Batman because in this film Batman said loads of references which were based on previous Batman films, and that won me over. The characters from the first like Benny, Unikitty and MetalBeard were all underused because they didn't have enough screen time and didn't make enough humour like they did in the first one, so instead we got most of the humour from The Dark Knight (Batman). A problem I have with this movie is the third act because the switch between the Legos and the human got very muddled at times so it was actually quite confusing. The other problem is that it only appeals to children, so it can be a bit childish at certain points of the film. But adults can still watch it and enjoy it.
Warner Bros yet again brings us a great villain which wasn't as good as President Business, but still a great villain. The real reason why I loved the villain was because of the unexpected plot twist with him. The villains name is Rex, and he is basically the future Emmett. Even though Rex didn't have anything to do with the main plot, his motive throughout the last half of the movie was the real side to him and the last act was when he was the villain, this I what I truly loved about this character. When I viewed this film I thought that Queen Waterva Wa'Nabi and General Mayhem were the actual villains of the movie because Emmett had a nightmare about Mamageddon happening and believe that those characters were the cause of it going to happen.
The song, catchy song was a very catchy song which people could bang their heads to. When the song was played for the first time Batman was flossing, and when he did the CGI for him was terrible. The references were one of the best parts of the movie. I very much enjoyed the sub plot between the family who had the LEGO, because that brought the film into much more depth and made it more exciting.
As being a huge Batman fan, I was able to spot all the references about Batman's previous films, and when those references came on, I laughed so hard. When Batman was singing in the background I noticed the most legendary thing ever, Heath Ledger's Joker, he is very hard to miss so you might want to watch it carefully so you are then able to spot it. I also spotted some Back to the Future references. When Rex dies, his death was like when Marty started fading at The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance, this reference is said in the movie so it is pretty easy to spot to those Back to the Future fans out there. There is another Back to the Future reference, which is about the DeLorean. When Rex talks about his backstory and says about his ship and how he made it, there is a reference about the DeLorean. I loved the Bruce Willis cameos in this especially The air vent cameo that he had because it was like Die Hard. This film even put in some hidden Chris Pratt reference in this. When Rex says that he is a Cowboy, A Raptor Trainer, and A Galaxy Defender, they all link to Chris Pratt's roles. Cowboy (The Magnificent Seven), Raptor Trainer (Jurassic World), and Galaxy Defender (Guardians Of The Galaxy). The last reference that I am going to point out is when Gandalf says about Marvel not returning their calls. I know that isn't really classed as a movie reference, but it will make Marvel Fans laugh out loud.
Overall, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, is not as good as it predecessor, but you should still watch it so you can have a laugh at times.
I loved the exploding hearts and cute stars--the movie did a fantastic job not overusing them to the point of the audience getting tired of them, they were restricted enough so that when they did pop up it was actually FUNNY.
There are still live action segments, of course (how I wish they'd just do away with them entirely like Lego Batman did) but there isn't as much gravitas placed on those parts so it wasn't actively frustrating... and frankly, maybe I just find kids arguing and having trouble playing together with such different styles more relateable than a dad wanting to make a model city? I got behind the plot far more naturally from the getogo--and I feel like everyone at SOME point has played with a little kid and experienced that "you missed" moment of frustration.
So overall, the things that annoyed me in the first film annoyed me less in this one, cute new characters, and just as funny and colorful as the original.
From a critical standpoint, this movie is passable, to fair. But from a just watching standpoint, the film is very fun, and enjoyable.