I think the most obvious missed opportunity of this movie is failing to call it The Lego Movie 2 “The Second Piece.”
The Lego Movie 2 takes place several years after the events of the first Lego Movie. In this one, our Lego heroes are attacked by a Lego alien life force. When his friends are kidnapped by the aliens, our protagonist Emmitt (Chris Pratt) must learn to grow up and mature in order to save them.
The Lego Movie was a surprise hit when it game out in 2014. It quickly became one of my favorite animated movies and was notoriously snubbed for an Oscar nomination that year. Is this a worthy sequel to the monster hit? Well…. not so much. This is by no means a bad movie, it just misses in a lot of places the first one hit home runs in. There are some really good jokes in here, especially the seemingly endless movie references and plenty of “dad jokes”. These are clearly aimed towards the adults in the movie theater, while the other jokes in the movie are aimed towards a younger audience. Chris Pratt, as usual, is the standout with his comic delivery, but the rest of the voice cast does a really good job as well. The action set pieces are also still incredible to watch in the Lego animation style.
The first movie reveals at the end that the movie actually takes place in the real world with the events of the movie occurring more or less in a child’s imagination. This movie leans into that, and hard. A lot more of this one features the real life actors in their home and the Lego narrative follows that part of the story. I didn’t think that worked for this as well as it did for the first. Every time we left the Lego world for the real world it took me out of the movie. It really makes the pacing of the movie feel off. It also made me not care about the overall story as much as I might have if we stayed out of reality a little more.
The Lego Movie 2 is not as awesome as the first movie, but it has some merits. It is enjoyable to watch, and there’s plenty of content in there aimed at adults. If you liked the first one, I’d give this a shot.
Rating: Easily worth a 10-4, but makes it up to a Positive ROP with an incredible Die Hard reference.
(Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut)
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