This week I watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. I really liked the first Lego Movie, though I have to say I wasn’t sold on the ending. I don’t want to say what that ending is, just in case it’s a spoiler (it’s not in the trailers for the sequel, after all) Those of you who have seen it know what I mean – how would they build on what they revealed in the first one?
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.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was funny. I laughed quite a few times during this film. It’s just so clever and it was absolutely consistent with it was with its own metaphor. Everything that happened to our little lego friends, from dialogue to motivations to events, was on point. I had a lot of fun guessing what was actually going on that was causing all the fuss. It was so well made, was fast and pretty and well paced. I loved the voice acting. Will Arnett is a genius and so is Chris Pratt, who spent a lot of this movie talking to himself.
The problem I had with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was in following the plot. It was explicitly stated that the characters were trying to avoid an apocalyptic event but it wasn’t clear how their moment-to-moment conflicts were helping avoid the larger cataclysm. Sure they revealed it later but the missing information bothered me up till that point. It was distracting. Admittedly, this might be just a hangup particular to me; I still find the great ‘reveal’ unpalatable, even in the sequel. I doubt the kids in the audience were too worried, they were having a good time.
So is The Lego Movie 2 worth watching? Yes, for sure. It’s a great way to kill a couple hours and the kids will love it. There’s a good message (or at least one, there might have been a couple). Watching The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part makes me want to see Mad Max: Fury Road again though, I’m starting to get a hankering for post-civilization desert world.