Everything Is Awesome once again in Warner Bros. lively sequel, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part from director Mike Mitchell. The first film revealed to its audience that the events on the screen were all part of a young boy named Finn imagination who was playing with his father’s highly organized Lego sets. When we last left Finn, he was on good terms with his father and the two were enjoying the Lego sets together. However, Finn’s dad allowed his younger sister Bianca to play with the Lego sets as well.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part now finds Lego fanatic Finn (Jadon Sand) having to share his Lego’s with his sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince). While Finn is more into traditional Lego’s, Bianca leans towards the Duplo line (a product in the Lego family for younger players.) When Bianca begins to take some of Finn’s creations, her actions have consequences in Finn’s Lego world.
Meanwhile in the “Lego” world, in the five years since Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) saved Bricksburg from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) alien invaders from the planet Duplon have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. While Emmet is still cheerful as ever, his girlfriend Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) wants Emmet to stop being so happy.
When the Duplo army is given orders by Queen Waterva Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) to kidnap Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Metalbeard (Nick Offerman) and Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie), Emmet must swing into action. With the help of new ally Rex Dangervest (Chris Pratt), Emmet sets out to save his friends.
While I was never a fan of Legos growing up, I immensely enjoyed the first film. The initial charm of the original The Lego Movie for me as a non-Lego fan was the comedic timing of the voice actors. The sequel follows this same trend, giving everyone a moment to shine or a memorable one-liner. Chris Pratt’s work as Rex Dangervest would have to be my favorite character in the sequel. The character is a witty amalgamation of all Pratt’s former iconic roles including Star-Lord from the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” and Owen Grady from the Jurassic World films.
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller return for scripting duties, and the jokes, as well as the Meta references, are all funny. While watching the film, I was able to notice references to other film franchises in the Warner Bros. catalog; while my son caught, a few jokes that I did not. I also must give credit to Lord and Miller’s script connecting both the real world and the Lego world once again. When the twist does happen, not only is it a surprise it’s also heartfelt.
Music also plays a huge part in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The sequel’s “earworm” song titled “Catchy Song.” The moment the song started, the younger moviegoers in my audience began to sing the lyrics, and I am sure the song will stick with older viewers after the film is over.
The Lego Movie was one of the biggest surprises when released in 2014. A film based on a toy line surpassed my every expectation, and its sequel is almost as strong as the original. With a heartwarming story and plentiful jokes, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part easily ranks as of the best sequels of the year.
Final Grade A-