The Lego Movie 2

The Lego Movie 2 pretty much has everything you would look for in a direct sequel of The Lego Movie. It’s frequently hilarious with pop culture references, spoofs of its own characters, it makes fun of the clichés in film making and that message factor which makes it that kid’s movie is also placed in a blended way. The Lego Movie 2 has done complete justice to its predecessor by staying true to the originality the first film showed.

So the movie continues exactly from the point where the last one ended. The sister comes into the Lego setup and sort of ruins that existing setting. The brother has now built a mad max kind of environment and the sister’s colorful world’s contributor’s intruding into that space and leaves Emmet alone in that world. The Lego Movie 2 shows us how the low on confidence Emmet manages to bring back his other friends, mainly Lucy from the otherworld.

Even though the last part is hilarious by being totally original, the moment it wins over the audience is when the message element gets presented in the film without any typical hero-villain perspectives. A typical jolly good animation film managed to get layers which could influence both adults and kids alike. In The Lego Movie 2 also they have maintained that aspect of the franchise by not making anything a permanently hated thing.  The USP of this movie is, of course, the pop culture rich humor track that just goes on and on making you laugh or giggle for the entire run time of the movie. My favorite one was the Bruce Willis cameo and the fact that the actor was ready to make fun of his own iconic character itself shows how much even the film fraternity enjoys the wit in the writing of this movie.

The voice acting does play a key role in this movie as the emotions on the faces of Lego characters isn’t sufficient to make the emotional or comical impact on the viewers. Chris Pratt switches between the naïve Emmet and street-smart Rex easily and as always he is really good in generating humor even with his pauses. Elizabeth Banks was convincing as Lucy and Will Arnett as Batman is outrageously funny. The proposal scene between Batman and Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi is one gem of a comedy. Every other character here is voiced effectively by the talented cast.

Phill Lord and Christopher Miller who directed the previous part are credited as writers and producers this time.  The movie is directed by Mike Mitchell who has previously made movies like Shrek Forever After and Trolls. Well, Mitchell has not tried to break the texture and structure of this comedy and the treatment remains pretty much the same. One major thing that attracted me so much was the inclusion of the musical aspect to the film with such hilarious, rhythmic and blended songs. There is a hilarious scene where Batman takes the leader credit from Lucy saying he has almost 9 movies made on him, 3 of them in the production stage. The clichés of “inspiring” moments are brutally mocked. After a series of outrageously funny moments, the movie goes to that message part and if last time it was about being welcoming to changes, this time the focus is on sort of coexisting in the same space and the film manages to strike a balance in being accepted by both sections of the audience. The animation is unique with that signature visualization resembling stop motion animation.

The Lego Movie 2 is high on entertainment. The roughly 100 minutes long film is thoroughly engaging and has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Phill Lord and Christopher Miller continue to amuse the viewers with novelty in their content and freshness in approach. For all the fans of The Lego Movie, this sequel is one they shouldn’t skip.

Rating: 4/5

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Final Thoughts

Phill Lord and Christopher Miller continue to amuse the viewers with novelty in their content and freshness in approach. For all the fans of The Lego Movie, this sequel is one they shouldn’t skip.


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By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.