A sequel to a widely successful and loved film of any genre is difficult to pull off. Most of the time these sequels seem forced and rung out to squeeze every nickel and dime the studio can out of its beloved characters. In our new cinema landscape we are plagued with remakes, sequels, prequels, trilogies and sometimes anthologies of 5 or more movies (I’m looking at you Fast & Furious franchise). Most of the time these movies are dismantled by critics and see half the success their original counterpart achieved at the box office. THE LEGO MOVIE 2 is a film that had the potential to fall into the same sequel trope, but it far exceeded my expectation and I absolutely adored it.
Lego Movie 2 picks up right where our characters were left off, having to figure out what to do about the invaders from Planet Duplo. The film has us follow our favorite characters on an adventure of self discovery, creativity and acceptance. ‘Everything is awesome’ for a second time and there’s even a new catchy tune that will ‘get stuck inside your head.’
Thematic environments aren’t used as much as the original movie and the Lego Movie 2 feels more story driven than a nostalgic plot driven nuance piece. We don’t have grandiose scene changes or portals that transport us from one thematic world to the next like the first movie does. Instead, our environments are 2 different perspectives of what playing with Legos looks like from a brother and sister.
Fun new characters are introduced in this movie, Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) and Rex Dangervest (Chris Pratt). These characters play a major role in the story and play with the idea of what makes a protagonist or an antagonist. It’s hard to gauge actor performance with an animated movie such as this, but I feel like Chris Pratt had the most impressive performance out of the whole cast. He had to play two characters who interacted and conversed with each other for a good portion of the film. It doesn’t feel out of place and you could hear the subtleness of the timbre change in his voice between characters without it being jarring or confusing.
I don’t think this movie is as stellar as the original but it was definitely a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was able to reference old jokes, scene comparisons and relatable content for both kids and adults to enjoy without feeling stale or cringe inducing. There are hilarious pop culture references that had me LOL-ing several times throughout this movie and it goes to show the writers took their time and knew when to use slap stick and when to use meta comedy. It’s smart, emotional, funny and overall fun as heck. Everything is in fact awesome again. I will end this review with a warning to all parents: THE NEW SONG WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY EVEN MORE SO THAN “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME”… so just be prepared for that and stuff.
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|RELEASE DATE:||February 8, 2019|
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