Time has passed in the land of LEGO. It’s been five years since we last saw our heroes and their world had changed dramatically. The world we once knew has been destroyed and turned into a wasteland (Mad Max Style!). Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) continues to live the same life, telling himself that everything is still excellent while drinking his expensive coffee. Meanwhile, his friends, including Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) are either in hiding or in survival mode as they try to rebuild the world all over again. To make matters worse, an alien invader lands in the LEGO world and kidnaps Wildstyle along with other key characters, including Batman. It’s up to Emmet to take charge and rescue his friends from this mysterious new enemy.
For those who have seen the 1st film which featured in 2014, there was a side story which also explained why all the LEGO characters were alive and why they were dealing with an enemy who called himself “The Crackle”. LEGO Movie 2 thankfully follows the same family and even manages to introduce a new element as the family faces a new challenge. It’s creative and also relatable for many families who see this film.
LEGO Movie Part 2 once again delivers fun characters and witty (random!) dialogue. There are many jokes and references which only adults will generally understand as well as making jokes from recent motion picture films such as Justice League and Jurassic World.
As one would expect, the film’s animation and surround sound is on point. Every LEGO film continues to impress me visually and always carries a worthy demo soundtrack.
As for the plot surrounding our LEGO heroes, this film takes the plot down a gear compared to the previous movie (and even in comparison to any other LEGO film instalments). I enjoyed the film’s opening, especially seeing the wasteland style themes, but once Wildstyle gets kidnapped, the film feels made up as it goes along. The film’s villain, who is a shape-shifting type character, was slightly annoying (sorry Tiffany Hadash, please don’t hurt me). And not to mention, this film introduces a few musical numbers, and I’ll be harsh but honest. I did not enjoy any of the musical numbers and what’s worse is they are entirely forgettable.
Overall, we have another LEGO film which brings some of our favourite returning character back, along with some new ones. As a plot, this takes a step back from the original film and introduces new tunes which are completely painful and forgettable. The younger generation will enjoy the creativity along with the positive message more than the adults.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden