The Lego Movie 2: Film Review

I was a huge fan of 2014’s The Lego Movie – it was hilarious and so so clever – but that years ago now and we’ve had The Lego Batman Movie since then and I didn’t love that one as much (and I didn’t even watch the Ninjago one). So I had no idea what to expect from the second outing – full title The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – so I’m pleased to report that it is just as funny and smart as the first.

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks return as the voices of Emmet and Wyldstyle/Lucy, whose planet has been invaded by aliens. They now live in a post-apocalyptic world – it basically looks like Mad Max: Fury Road – and one day the aliens return and steal Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Metalbeard (Nick Offerman) and Wyldstyle to take to the Systar System, where Queen Whatevera W’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) forces Batman to marry her. Emmet embarks on a rescue mission along with the mysterious Rex Dangervest (also Pratt).

At the end of the first one, we discovered the animated action was taking place in young boy Finn’s elaborate Lego set in the basement of his parents’ home. Now that we know this there are more frequent cuts between the live-action home scenes – featuring Maya Rudolph and Brooklynn Prince (yaaaay!!) – and the animation, as what’s occurring there – Bianca wanting to play with Finn’s Lego toys – directly influences the animated Lego story. It is so freaking smart.

The Lego Movie 2, like its predecessor, is a joke a minute and littered with so many pop culture references that it would take me multiple watches to catch them all. It is so clever, so funny and has something for everyone. It also had bonus raptors – taking the mick out of Pratt’s role in Jurassic World – amazing cameos, and more musical numbers, some of which sound like inane pop songs but actually have some very clever lyrics – make sure you stay for the song in the credits.

The first one was directed by comedy geniuses Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and it’s a shame that they aren’t back to direct the sequel but at least Mike Mitchell is directing from their script so they are still deeply involved.

As I said above, it’s as good as the first one, but because it isn’t as unexpected as the original was and we know what’s coming, it’s not as exciting because we know what we’re getting. It delivered on expectations and gave us added extras – I particularly loved those raptors – but I wasn’t as excited by or invested in the story this time around.

The Lego Movie 2 is excellent and gives you exactly what you would hope for in a sequel. It has many laugh out loud moments and the script is super witty and there’s something for everybody in there. Try not to let the songs get stuck inside your head!

In cinemas Friday 8th February 

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