The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pratt in Lego Movie 2

That’s right it’s animated and it’s a sequel – for many that is recipe enough to pass on a film. But this is the offspring of the irritatingly good 2014 comedy, The Lego Movie, and it brings back many of original cast, some stellar cameos and a bucket load of in-jokes for the grown-ups. Oh, and it’s imaginatively titled The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Let’s be clear, I hated the idea of a Lego movie when the original came out. I went full-on, immediate dismissal mode. How could anyone produce a 2-hour mercha-tainment to exploit children so? I thought the whole thing stank to high heaven. My bad. It was hugely successful at the box office and the sour few pounds I would have spent were not missed.

Lego 1 spawned a couple of spin offs, Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago, which follow the same path of self aware movie puns and pop culture jokes, but they don’t pack the same full sugar hit of The Lego Movie 2.

Kids will watch it for the spectacle and miss about 70% of the humour – but will still walk out happy. The writing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller have gone to town on the script in this colourful and hugely enjoyable sequel with an incessant stream of jokes – visual and vocal – that will bring a smile to those who have left their school days behind.

The original Lego Movie had a wow factor because it was totally unique in what it did, The Second Part takes the same formula and amplifies it –
levying more cultural sweet spots and a tonne more movie cliches and shoehorning them into characters traits in the storyline:  Chris Pratt gets to send up Jurassic World with his posse of raptors. Ruth Bader Ginsburg walks on as a LEGO figure; and Bruce Willis pops up in all the right places to ape his Die Hard appearances. It’s a really accomplished one and a half hours of running jokes and a pretty awesome feat of animation.

Along with Pratt and Elizabeth Banks (Lucy), the cast includes Will Arnett (Batman), Tiffany Haddish (Queen Watevra) and Channing Tatum (Superman). Along with Willis among the cameo roles, you’ll hear Jason Momoa, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes Richard Ayoade and even Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh fame.

Without giving too much away, five years have passed since the first film, which ended with an invasion of Duplo bricks. It’s safe to say things are far from awesome in Bricksburg – which is now resembles the Lego equivalent of Mad Max: Thunder Road – and they get a lot worse when an alien ship arrives commanded by General Mayhem, who:
Destroys the town,
Kidnaps Lucy;
Sets in chain the rest of the storyline, which I’m not going corrupt here with spoilers, ha!

Go and see it, it’s worth it. Fun to watch and fun to listen to, with even the annoying kiddie pop tunes hypnotically well placed. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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OTB rating 4

Verdict

Great script and pace. Stuffed to the gills with jokes and self-deprecating celeb cameos. A sequel worthy of viewing on the big screen!

4/5Winner!
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Gareth Hargreaves