THE LEGO MOVIE 2 – THE SECOND PART – Rated PG – 1 hr. 46 mins.
DIRECTOR: Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Shrek Forever After, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo)
WRITERS: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matthew Fogel
STARRING: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick OFferman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill
Everything in LEGOLAND isn’t quite as enjoyable as we remember from a mere 5 years ago, as our favorite fun-loving Lego Emmett (Chris Pratt) and his girl/friend Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), find themselves having to fight to survive within a foreign wasteland, brought on by the evil nemesis’s that lurk within the dreaded Lego Duplo land…
I give THE LEGO MOVIE 2 – THE SECOND PART a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX. Well, let’s just start off this review with that fact that if you Totally Loved the original LEGO MOVIE (2104), then you probably owe it to yourself to see THE LEGO MOVIE 2 on the big screen as well, because if you don’t, you are always going to wonder if you short changed the sequel, even though, I’m telling you to. And now that that is out of the way ~ I am here to convey, that even in fictional LEGOLAND, the curse of the sequel can come to rear its ugly head, as THE LEGO MOVIE 2 doesn’t hold a candle to the original film – or to the Lego BATMAN Movie for that matter – which is still my favorite Lego movie to this day. From its forced humor throughout, to its totally contrived and rather dumbed down storyline, to its lengthy mind- numbing banter throughout, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 just doesn’t have the enjoyment conveyed throughout the original, no matter how you try to convince yourself it does. And even though I was intrigued to see what Pratt would end up doing with voicing Emmett’s new counterpart, and to also see what Haddish would bring to the mix too (as I enjoy her humor immensely), even these additions didn’t make this film as amusing as I was wishing it could be. I am hoping that the youngsters who view this film this weekend will have a much better time relieving the Lego Movie experience than I did, but be prepared Mom and Dad, that if you are taking them to the theater hoping to relive your LEGO MOVIE experience with them again, you may be saddened by saddened by the fact that your children are 5 years older, and maybe not as wistfully entertained as they once were, and with the LEGO MOVIE 2 not being as enjoyable to experience as the first film either, this whole scenario may not play out as seamlessly as you have planned in your mind ~ I’m just giving you fair warning. So, it’s really your call as to how you want to proceed with this latest Lego Movie release, but if you decide to take my advice and wait to catch this less-than-fabulous sequel on DVD or Netflix in a few short weeks, you may want to give me a shout out, and thank me…but we’ll just have to wait and see…
This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 : THE SECOND PART – Rated PG – 1 hr. 46 mins
Director by: Mike Mitchell
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill
Five years have passed since the events of the first Lego Adventure and now a new threat from outer space will threaten everything that is awesome.
NO SPOILERS BELOW
The Lego movies have run their course with me these days. I really enjoyed them when they first came out, but I’m thinking after THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Hollywood should just give them a rest and stop making them – at least for a while. Here is my list of the four major Lego movies that are out now, with #1 being the best and #4 being the worst of the group:
- The Lego Batman Movie (Hilarious)
- The Lego Ninjago Movie (Surprisingly Funny)
- The Lego Movie (Entertaining)
- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Getting Redundant)
I don’t want you to think that THE LEGO MOVIE 2 is a bad movie because it’s not. It’s very creative and fun to watch, but at the same time it lacks the luster of the previous three movies. It has the feeling of making a sequel just for sequels sake – like, let’s tap that cash machine one more time and squeeze out as much money as we can from the Lego movies before this fad goes away. Which that’s just it…these movies don’t have to be just “fads”. They can be just as good as any of the Pixar animation films. The Lego movies have the capability of being something bigger than what they are, just as long as they don’t get oversaturated. Make these Lego movies with thought and most importantly…TIME. They don’t need to be rushed because the movies share something that the toy has, which is that they both are FUN!!! Legos make everyone feel like a kid again and that isn’t something common you see connected with movies. It’s something special and you don’t want to lose it. So, I hope Hollywood figures this out and takes their time with Lego films. As for THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, I feel it was a very good attempt at a sequel. It brought back all your favorite characters from the first film and gave you some new ones too, but at the same time it had one major problem that THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE didn’t have to deal with…Real life actors. The first LEGO MOVIE had that twist ending with Will Ferrell and now in the sequel had to deal with that part of the story, which was great for the first picture but now it gets more complicated for the sequel. The real life actors take away from the fun and the goofiness of the Lego portion of the film and that is very distracting. But this is an adult talking about a kid movie once again and I’m over complicating things. So basically, in a “nutshell” THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART can be broken down like this. Kids will love it and you should take them to see it. Adults should wait to watch this one at home. Why I didn’t just say that right at the beginning I don’t know. Venting I guess, Ha! Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. – There is no post credit scene, just a song that will continually stay in your head for a week after you’ve seen this movie. LOL.