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Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019

‘Lego Movie 2’ brings more family fun and addictive songs

While The Lego Movie surprised critics and audiences alike, five years later the expectations are high…possibly too high. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is fun, but follows the sequel formula a bit too closely and critics have had a field day bashing the film.

Lego 2 picks up where the first film ends: with Dad (Will Ferrell) and son Finn (Jadon Sand) playing together with the looming presence of Finn’s little sister, Bianca (Brooklynn Prince), can play with them too and brings her large Duplo creations to devastate the world of Bricksburg. The “awesome” world of Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), Lucy aka Wild Style (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie) is quickly transformed in Apocalypseburg (which is basically Mad Max).

Then tensions are high with Emmet still clinging to his happy place and Lucy calling for him to give up that dream and “grow up.” The arrival of Captain Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) sets the story in motion with Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi(Tiffany Haddish) unveiling her plot to marry Batman. Emmet is desperate to saves his friends and continue to find ways to make the world awesome and grow up to please Lucy.

The film’s secret is already out (the humans are playing and the characters are living that out), so a lot of tension is lost as the film tries to please the social justice warriors with a ton of commentary on girl power and bonehead male behavior. Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi is a shapeshifter, who is rapidly changes, even to song, and becomes a funny and moving character in the film.

Lego 2 is a fun film, but never escapes the shadow of its predecessor. The story shifts into complex themes which don’t offer a ton of laughs for minutes at a time leaving children somewhat bored. There is plenty of payoff at the end as the action picks up and the music infests your cerebral cortex (the credits song is truly amazing).

I understand some of the backlash from some critics as the jokes just don’t come with a ton of heart. As I stated earlier, the expectations are high…likely too high. The film is truly delightful with a ton of great one-liners. There just isn’t as much depth as one would expect as the story is wrapped up in a predictable manner.

There really isn’t any payoff in the epilogue to learn if/how the characters truly live in their new world…with the new challenges/changes.

The Lego Movie 2 gets 3 stars out of 5 stars

Add a full star for little kids and fans who just want some entertainment for 1.5 hours.

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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