Hey, Lego Movie Mom! If your fourteen year old kid – that kid is at least fourteen, right? – is playing with Lego instead of virtually killing other kids on his phone, don’t take away his Lego. Seriously. That is probably the most ludicrous part of this movie. And it’s a movie about talking Lego. As sequels go, this one does everything it should: expands the world, calls back to the original occasionally, and amps up the drama. There are some catchy musical numbers, some very funny throwaway lines, pop culture references (the time travel references are PERFECT) and fourth-wall breaking, and the special best friendship of Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) has some good lessons about relationships for the youngsters. One relationship that does not have good lessons, however, is Batman (Will Arnett) and the Queen of Systar (Tiffany Haddish), who kidnaps him and then tricks him into proposing by negging the hell out of him. Not cool, Queen of Systar! And not cool, Lego Movie. Clever satire, sure, but the junior audience of this film won’t know that. They won’t get the pointed (and, let’s face it, outdated) Twilight reference, either. It’s all pretty fun, though.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Story by Michelle Morgan and Dominic Russo
Written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Matthew Fogel and Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Directed by Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum
Wide Release | 106 minutes | February 8, 2019