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The Lego Movie 2

2019-03-01 08:30
 
A scene from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

The heroes of Bricksburg must save their beloved city. 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 citizens can rebuild. The battle to defeat the aliens and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical! It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

The second Lego movie is a little too much of a good thing: not as good as it was the first time but still enjoyable overall. I think like most sequels - except for The Godfather II – the thing that made the first Lego movie so enjoyable can sometimes make the follow-up a bit played out.

With that being said, the message of the film, which to me is unity and acceptance, is a lot of what the world needs right now. I also believe that these positive takeaways are something that a younger audience should be exposed to.

This animated flick isn’t all for the kids though, it’s packed with plenty of jokes that work on a number of levels so that an older audience – be it older siblings or parents – can laugh a little bit too. I found myself bursting out in giggles throughout the entire experience and I hope that most people do too. Because, let’s be honest, as adulthood creeps in it’s nice to forget your problems for an hour or two.

The thing that pulled me through the sometimes-sloppy script was the soundtrack. Oh man, is it catchy. Some songs are better than others, but they are all designed to get stuck in your head forever after. The style of animation is playful and often self-aware enough to get away with some gaudy-ness. It’s basically like a glitterball exploded all over a unicorn’s tea party most of the time, but that’s part of the magic.

In terms of performances, Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski/Rex Dangervest (voice) and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy are solid and entertaining leads but my absolute favourite character and performance has to be Will Arnett’s Batman. I also particularly enjoyed the continuous light-hearted digs at the character’s backstory, past films and more. As someone who grew up as big Batman fan I really enjoyed the references that might miss younger kids but certainly made the grownups in my screening chuckle.

To be honest, this is one of the better kids movies out there right now and if you’re in the mood to give some little ones a fun day out, this movie is a good bet. It’ll also keep you smiling but please don’t be like the woman who sat in front of me in the cinema, constantly checking her Whatsapp. Give this well-made flick a fair chance.


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