The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Release year: 2019
Director: Mike Mitchell
Screenwriter: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring (voices): Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph
it is five years after everything was awesome and the invasion of the Lego Duplo from outer space has left Bricksburg a changed town of desolution and despair. But things are about to get worse as General Mayhem kidnaps a group of citizens, among them Wyldstyle, and Emmett must once again find his hidden courage to save his friends.
Part of what was genius about The Lego Movie (2014) was the twist at the end mixing fantasy and reality. This sequel suffers from the audience already knowing of said connection though it uses it to its advantage, throwing several names at us that you can freely try to relate to the outer world. Though it finds it hard to recreate magic from the first and for obvious reasons lack the same amount of surprise, it is still a wonderful blend of creativity, fantasy, humour and heart. The universe is expanded and brings the well known characters into space while introducing new ones as well as plenty of jokes. Think Batman in glitter, Bricksburg with a Mad Max makeover, pop songs used as brainwash and a great villain, who may or may not actually be good. At leas she says she is good in one of the best songs of the bunch. There is so much going on and so many new characters that Emmett and Wyldstyle is less in focus than the first time around but considering how much fun stuff is happening, that is more than okay. Still creative and fun for all ages.
Actress Stephanie Beatriz, who voice General Mayhem, has a small scar on her right eyebrow which was caused by, coincidentally enough, tripping on a piece of LEGO when she was 10 years old.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video