2014’s The Lego Movie was somewhat of a cult hit. The draw of using Lego avatars to poke fun at some of the greatest comic book figures was enough to not only be a box office hit but a critically acclaimed one too. What happened, unfortunately, was Hollywood saw the success and immediately thought ‘franchise’ and with the next couple of years, we got The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie. What Hollywood doesn’t understand is that while the film was successful, the novelty of it doesn’t exactly have a long shelf live. In 2017, I said that “You can only make so many ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ jokes before eventually, you will have no choice but to carry your own story and the plot begins to become more complicated than it needs to be”…Enter The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Set five years after the events of the first film, our main character Finn’s younger sister Bianca has created Lego creations of her own and her Lego creations have staged war with Finn’s. Bianca’s invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland named Apocalypseburg. The war has made most of Apocalypseburg’s citizens hardened, all except for Emmet (Chris Pratt) who remains unchanged. However, the latest plot from Bianca’s Legos brings the threat of the dreaded “Our-mom-ageddon” which threatens to end both worlds if our heroes don’t come together and save the day.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is noticeably a step down from the first film. You have a good setup here with the angle of siblings learning to get along adding in the element of getting older and growing up. Problem is they don’t have much going for it outside of the idea. The laughs are not as strong as the first film due to what I mentioned before, the film is forced to move on from references to create its own story. Chris Pratt carries the film in more ways than one having to voice two characters and be the heart and soul of the movie. I can’t put too much blame on Director Mike Mitchell here because Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are still responsible for the writing and the production but it is pretty obvious the duo is running out of ideas.
Maybe the bar was just set too high? While it isn’t a great movie it is anything but bad. You get a couple of funny songs along the way and some tongue in cheek commentary about how dumb pop songs are brainwashing the youth. There just isn’t much left of this series to continue the franchise that Warner Bros expects it to be. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part proves that seconds isn’t always a good idea.