First review of 2019! I repeat, first review of 2019! It’s a review about a good follow-up to an animated hit from five years ago! Building off the success of The Lego Movie and the spinoffs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, we’ve returned to the world where everything is a different flavor of awesome in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part!
That’s right! Emmett, WyldStyle (Lucy), Batman, Unikitty and the crew are back for more adventures, existential observations, singing and dancing and hijinks to build on from the first movie. When his friends are abducted by aliens from a hostile system, Emmett Brickowski partners up with a radical space adventurer named Rex Dangervest to save them from Queen Whatevra Wa’Nabi before she triggers a doomsday scenario called “Arm-mom-ogeddon”.
I honestly think that this was a rather cute way to start the new year at the movies. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is entertaining from start to finish, it’s whip-smart, funny, it’s self-aware; I think there was just enough magic from the original Lego Movie to build a new adventure for these characters and director Mike Mitchell and writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller did a fine job at expanding this animated franchise with a true sequel.
The drawback? I felt that this movie somewhat suffered in the fact that the original Lego Movie was released five years ago and it’s target audience may have outgrown it, despite the spinoffs that have been made in its wake, and The Second Part, while very effective, may be overlooked. Some sequels, such as Toy Story 3 or Incredibles 2, handle the time-difference rather effectively and make it a strength but I don’t think The Lego Movie 2, handled it as effectively as other movies have done before.
Also, while watching The Lego Movie 2, I felt that this movie somewhat played down to it’s target audience, children, rather than a widespread audience. I was amused by this but at the same time, I just felt that I outgrew this as a film goer. I remember The Lego Movie being hailed as a groundbreaking achievement in animation and when I caught up with it, I was impressed by what Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had achieved but now? I liked going back to this franchise but I didn’t feel that same groundbreaking appeal, if you catch my drift.
Mark Miller made a very decent and fun sequel and I appreciate him for retaining Lord and Miller’s talents as storytellers as well as Matthew Fogel’s contributions.
The animation was savvy and the technical expertise that went into this was very good! Mark Mothersbaugh’s music was good, Claire Knight’s editing was sharp, Patrick Marc Hanenberger’s production design was rather pleasant, the art direction by Kristen Anderson, Nick Dudar and Yeva McCloskey was impeccable; this was a very detailed animated movie with a lot of eye-candy.
Let’s not forget the actors who lent their vocal talents to this feature! Great work all around from Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Hadish, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Stephanie Beatriz, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayode, Colbie Smulders, Ike Barinholtz, Will Farrell, Maya Rudolph, Jason Sand, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Noel Fielding, Ben Schwartz, Jason Momoa, Ralph Fiennes, Will Forte and Bruce Willis, and so many surprising cameos to name!
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is not the exact brand of awesome as the first movie but it’s respectably decent and well-assembled to appreciate for what it happens to be. In summary: it’s fun enough to like!