Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Plot:

Our heroes, Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), return five years later, but cheerful Bricksburg has given way to brooding, invaded by aliens disguised as cute Duplos and turned into a Mad Max movie-looking Apocalypseburg. They must save their city and restore harmony to the Lego universe, where everything was once “awesome.”

And real kids Finn and Bianca learn a valuable lesson from Mom (Maya Rudolph) and a heard-but-not-seen Dad (Will Ferrell).

Kent’s Take:

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” takes place five years after the first installment. However, the goofiness continues as Emmet learns that change can be both good and bad.

Defined by outstanding creativity and animation, Director Mike Mitchell and a crew of talented screenwriters build a story seemingly from the imaginations of youngsters. Yet, there is as much for adults as there is for kids.

Borrowing elements from popular films such as “Mad Max,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Aliens,” “Back To The Future,” and more, keeps viewers focused on the rapid fire story. Using these familiar touchstones coupled with silly kid stuff, balances the story and also keeps it fresh. We meet Queen Watevera Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) and encounter the Wedding Cake of Doom while trying to avoid Ourmomageddon. The mix of fun, wit, humor and innocence cannot be found anywhere else.

Great dialogue moves this story forward propelling it into a fast-paced adventure - almost too fast-paced. The funny one liners are fired at viewers so quickly and frequently that we miss some of the jokes. It also gives the impression of a rushed plot and pacing. This is certainly a film you want to own and rewatch to catch the missed humor.

As Emmet struggles to change for Lucy, he discovers that, “ . . .it’s easy to harden your heart, but difficult to open it.”

It’s no easy task to recapture the charm and freshness of a new franchise, but this next installment comes close to fitting all the pieces together to create another memorable film for young and old. Everything’s still awesome!

Lynn’s Take:

Beware the sophomore effort. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” reunites characters from the first groundbreaking movie – with its never-before-seen visual style and off-the-charts creativity – with the gang from “The Lego Batman Movie” to fight an alien invasion. Mayhem ensues, but it’s a rapid-fire disjointed screed.

The Lego movies work best when the inside jokes, pop culture references and cameo appearances come tumbling out in fast and furious succession, and there is a great deal of cleverness on display here, with a few memorable one-liners.

But the plotline meanders like a toddler wandering around the backyard. The film is overstuffed with ideas – too busy, over-the-top, far too many distractions, uncomfortably frenetic – and the whiplash is painful.

The saving grace is the charm of the voice talent and the catchy pop songs of Mark Mothersbaugh’s music score. Yes, the songs will get in your head and stay. Particularly enjoyable, especially for DC Comic fans, is “The Gotham Guys.”

Because the movie tries too hard, this sequel doesn’t feel as fresh as the first one. It’s hyper-style features many repetitive elements and demonstrates little direction.

The original had that special “Toy Story” quality because it had heart and genuine nostalgia, whereas this feels like a slick, super-sized commercial designed to sell toys.