A few weeks before the videogame tie-in arrives, we decided to check out The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Picking up where the original movie left off, does it provide a similarly entertaining surprise? Here’s the review.
While gearing up towards The Lego Movie 2, I found it hard to believe that the original dates back to 2014 already. While my recollection of the plot is limited in terms of precise details, the song “Everything is awesome” still feels like I first heard it only yesterday. The sequel seems to like to play into this because it doesn’t waste any time reintroducing the song and even uses it as a narrative theme – illustrating that “everything is (no longer) awesome” in Emmet’s world.
We’re reminded that a younger sister was introduced at the end of the first movie, resulting in the invasion of a Duplo-fueled race of aliens. Fast forward five years, and we’re in 2019 where Emmet’s world is now a postapocalyptic wasteland – a setting very much inspired by Mad Max. Emmet and his crew of friends (including Wyldstyle, spaceman Benny, Unikitty and Lego Batman) don’t get to spend much time here though, as all his friends are quickly kidnapped by a mysterious masked figure.
Chasing after them, this leads Emmet to the “Systar System”, where it’s all rainbows, glitter and unicorns. It’s the kingdom of Queen “Watevra Wa’Nabi”, so yes, wordplay is definitely still a thing in the world of Lego Movie. The Queen then tries to get Lego Batman to marry her, an event we’re soon told might actually trigger Armamageddon – yes, more wordplay. Emmet comes to the rescue with the aid of Rex Dangervest, whom he encounters on his way to the Systar System, but not all is what it seems…
The Lego Movie 2 follows very similar patterns to the first movie, and as such it’s not quite the surprise that that movie was. There are still plenty of clever jokes to cater to adult viewers, with enough silliness to entertain the younger crowd as well. There is also once again a big role for catchy pop music, with the movie’s main anthem bouncing to lyrics like “this song’s gonna get stuck inside your head”. Probably the most literal depiction that the movie’s creators knew exactly what they were doing.
Ultimately, that means that The Lego Movie 2 is entertaining, fun to watch for the whole family but also somewhat by the numbers – almost to the point of being formulaic. Not a bad thing if you loved the original, but it won’t draw you in if you didn’t. Five years from now, I’ll probably remember that it was a fun movie with a very catchy song -and that’s alright with me.