the lego movie 2

DIRECTOR: mike mitchell (trolls, the spongebob movie: sponge out of water)
starring voice talent: chris pratt, elizabeth banks, tiffany haddish, and alison brie

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

I must admit I never really saw The Lego Movie coming. It was one of those genuine surprises. The Lego Movie 2 returns with a lot of the same tricks up it sleeves, but even though everything isn't quite awesome, its still a super fun ride. 

The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when Lego Duplo invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the Lego universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that will test their courage.

The Lego Movie 2 is full of fun, incredible animated vistas, and typical Lego-esque humour. But it does take a little while for the story to warm up and perhaps thats because the setting at the very beginning of the film feels very Mad Max - barren, desert waste lands as far as the eye can see. 

Its very different from the colour and sparkle of The Lego Movie and even though the film makers are trying their hardest for the second instalment to be different from the first they kinda go over the same ground - Emmet's self confidence and identity. 

Which is totally fine - its a great reminder for kids and adults alike that we should be comfortable in our own skin (or bricks) but I would have preferred them to push out in a different direction as the film makers did in the How to Train Your Dragon or Despicable Me films. It fells like it falls a little short of the original.

That being said its still a fun filled, glorious ride with the trained raptors being our nephews (5 and 7) favourite part with the raptors great subtitled one liners and action packed shoot outs. Theres some great little cameo's from some DC superheroes and a rather catchy tune that will get stuck in your head. 

The animation is breath taking as we move from the barren, desert waste lands to whole new planets and it feels as those these worlds really do exist. 

Not quite as good as the original, The Lego Movie 2 will still have adults and children alike glued to the screen. 

★★★

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