The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is colorful, funny and full of heart. It might not be as fresh as its predecessor, but that’s okay. Wildly ambitious and chock-full of nonstop musical numbers. Trust me, they’re so catchy you won’t be able to get them out of your head.
Five years after 2014’s The LEGO Movie became a worldwide grand smash, The Second Part has finally arrived. And the sequel is just as hard to resist as the first one was. This time around, everything is not awesome for Emmet (voiced by a wonderful Chris Pratt) and the gang. LEGO DUPLO, invaders from outer space, are wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. To restore harmony back to Bricksburg and to the LEGO universe, Emmet (Pratt), Lucy (voiced by a fantastic Elizabeth Banks), Batman (voiced by a funny Will Arnett), and the rest of their friends have to travel far away. Here, they explore new worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical (cue "Catchy Song" by Dillon Francis feat. T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay).
This mission will test their courage, their creativity and, in the end, reveal just how special they really are. The Second Part isn’t directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street) this time around, instead, they offer their screenplay pizzazz. The sequel is filled with just as much zany fun, nonstop gags, and pop culture references as its predecessor. The film is also directed by Mike Mitchell (2016’s Trolls). Mitchell keeps the spirit going and focuses on family, acceptance, and the ability to help others in a time of need. It’s a sweet message that every family will enjoy. Actors Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill all reprised their respected voice rolls. While actors Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz voiced new characters: Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and General Mayhem.
Sadly, The Second Part opened below expectations for its opening weekend. The film went on to debut to $34.1 million, marking a 50% decline from the first. I believe this was due to a sense of franchise fatigue from the release of two spin-offs prior (The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie) to The Lego Movie 2. Warner Bros. bares that blame for their over exhausting the uniqueness of the first film. Nevertheless, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a joy to watch and will slap a smile on your face. With all this craziness happening in our country right now, The LEGO Movie 2 was a film I desperately needed to see. It got my spirits back up through humor, lovable characters, and dazzling animation. Just wait until you hear the film’s credits song “Super Cool” by Beck, Robyn, and The Lonely Island. It will have you dancing all the way home.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For mild action and rude humor.
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