Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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The Lego Movie was quite a surprise because I never thought that a film about Legos would work.  However, it was amazingly funny and had a huge heart.  You knew that this would lead to a sequel.  So after a Lego Batman and a Lego Ninjago films, we got a sequel.  Unfortunately, it cannot match the first film.

I got a chance today to catch an early screening of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (why not the Second Piece?) at Cinemark which was cool.

There were many good things about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, but there were more negatives here than the first one.  I was worried about that since I was not a fan of the trailer they dropped for this sequel.  Still, I liked the movie overall.

Things have gone poorly for the Lego world, as there appeared to be a dark and sad apocalyptic world.  The people of the word worried about an invasion of aliens, who had been arriving and causing all kinds of destruction.

When the aliens come back and kidnapped Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) along with three others, Emmet (Chris Pratt) built a ship and followed them into space.

The voice acting was great and the film had some really wonderfully clever dialogue.  It was funny and the CGI was solid.  There were some really great parts of the movie.  It was a good watch.  I enjoyed just about every song and I liked the meta jokes that were sprinkled throughout the film.

However, there were several problems that I could not get avoid.  First, though the film is clever, it may not actually be as clever as it thinks it is.  Second, the film was predictable.  In particular, any part SPOILER that was involving the “ourmomageddon” was so obvious that it caused eye rolls.

Then, the biggest issue I had with the film was any part that involved the kids in the real world who were playing with the Legos.  It took me out of the film every time.  It felt forced.  As if they knew the reveal in the first film was an amazingly emotional reveal and made that film special so it was going to work again and this time they would use it more.  The problem was that did not work again.  It was too much.

I mentioned the music and I thought it was great.  At first, I thought the music was going to be overused as well, but I found myself jamming along with each song.  There were some extremely catchy songs.

I love Lego Batman.  He is perfectly presented and is one of the most consistently funny aspects of these films.

So, while I had some disappointments with this movie, I did enjoy seeing it and I really believe that the creators took a big swing at doing something great.  Unfortunately, they came up short of great and fell into good instead.

3.1 stars

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