THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – Review by Gadi Elkon

Can The Lego Movie 2 be more awesome than the first film?  Here is my review and hopefully an answer to that question.

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

The first Lego Movie was a father-son story of the power of the imagination.  This one takes a much deeper dive into the human world.  Lego Movie 2 revolves around the impact a little sister can have on the Lego world.  In all aspects this movie is about the women taking over.  Elizabeth Banks’ kick ass Lucy even gets to highlight that she was the real hero in the first film.  There is also a Queen of the “evil” Legos and their greatest hero is another female whose identity is kept secret for 3/4 of the film.  Chris Pratt is still a major element of this film as is Will Arnett’s lovable Batman, but it’s more than obvious that this film expands the Lego world to the mind of a little girl.  Oh we also get introduced to the kids real mother!  Yeah the film is overall a better film for taking the massive jump into a brother sister story and giving love to little girls.  If only they could have had a female director…I digress.

The jokes are of the same variety but there are still some quality jabs at other films.  Chris Pratt especially tackles a lot of his previous roles.  Don’t miss out on the Bruce Willis cameo and the hilarious Die Hard movie shout out.  But back to the movie being a girl centric world that means the women really own the film.  Tiffany Haddish owns every scene she is in as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi and Stephanie Beatriz General Mayhem is an utter treat as the most awesome Lego figure.  Alison Brie also shines brightly as the feline figure she embodies.  Overall the film does a wonderful job of showcasing the vast difference in influences from Boys and Girls.  Yet the film doesn’t pass any judgement on the kids and allows their figures to have their own full merit.

Now the film does dive into a much more colorful wheel of visual jokes as there are rainbows full of joy throughout.  The film is so much more magnificent on the big screen.  The vast universes and planets we visit does give a little jab at Phil and Chris sad dismissal from the Star Wars franchise.  Though there isn’t a specific joke the universe does seem a galaxy (or three) far far away.  But if the writing keeps Lucas and Luke out of the jokes it doesn’t shy away from a nice Marvel jab and so much more!  The real joy for parents taking their kids to see the film is all the adult humor mixed into the jabs.

There isn’t much more you need to know.  This film is just as funny and visually a whole new level of success.  It is a better film all the way through and something everyone in the family should enjoy…including the family pets.  The movie is out basically everywhere so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.  Check this out and then go back and rewatch Spider-Man into the Spider Verse to give more love to the Lord/Miller take over.

THE LEGO MOVIE 2:  THE SECOND PART

Directed by Mike Mitchell

Written By Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Matthew Fogel

Rated PG

Selig Rating B+

Running Time 1hr 46min

Action, Adventure, Animation

Wide Release

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Stephanie Beatriz, and Alison Brie

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

B – Good movie

C – OK movie

D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.