A little bit of backstory, firstly I never loved the first ‘Lego Movie’ as everyone else did. I found that the only reason it got so much attention was because of the whole lego gimmick. I won’t deny, it was fun to see an entire movie made out of lego but I never found it as funny or as appealing as ‘The Lego Batman Movie’. A movie that really spoke to my inner nerd, all of the references were on point and hilarious with the story feeling much deeper than it had any right to be. ‘Ninjago’ was flat out boring, with uninteresting characters and a story that never felt original. They were really scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas. Now we have ‘The Lego Movie 2’ a sequel that honestly I was never bothered about watching. However, I was willing to give it the benefit of the dealt and maybe it would be just like ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ and beat the original in every way. Sadly, this is nowhere near the case.
For starters, I’ll say that if you loved the first Lego Movie then you’ll certainly find something to enjoy here. All of the movies are so reliant on cramming as many pop culture references in that it becomes overwhelming. Some references are extremely funny, like a very smartly placed ‘Aliens’ reference that I’m sure no kid would understand and a hilarious Die Hard reference. I appreciated that they catered to both the old and the young. However, most references are just in the movie for the sake of being there. They aren’t extremely funny and they certainly don’t add much to the plot.
Going into this movie, I heard there was a new catchy song that was going to get stuck in my head just like ‘Everything is awesome’. Little did I know the song was actually going to be called ‘This songs gonna get stuck inside your head’ A title that never stuck true to its name, or at least with myself. For some reason, despite how catchy it was it never got stuck inside my head. To be completely honest none of the songs ever appealed to me, for a film that has about 4 catchy songs this was very disappointing to me.
The narrative (Although generic) is something that I felt was very strong, the whole idea that Emmet did nothing in the first movie but got all the credit was very funny to me. It’s a fun jab at action movies and how women are starting to get more credit in the starring roles. There’s a few twists and turns that kept me guessing and I certainly enjoyed the fact that the movie begins immediately after the first. Very few sequels does this and I think it’s the perfect way to begin a sequel. Take Halloween 2 as a great example.
Just as in the first movie, the voice work is top notch. It’s crazy how much talent is in this movie, even if some actors only have a few lines of dilaogue. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Jason Momoa, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Offerman, Bruce Willis, Charlie Day and thats just to name a few. Obviously the main cast return, Chris Pratt is funny as Emmet, not all his jokes land but his presence is always a welcomed one. Elizabeth Banks steals more of the show this time around, the plot mostly revolved around her and she gets a few funny lines. Just like in all these movies (Besides Ninjago) there’s only one guy whos willing to push the jokes to the next level and become the stand out of these movies. Will Arnett’s Batman is not only the funniest part of all these movies but he has semented himself as one of the best Batmans of all time. Just through simple voice work, this man has been able to embody what it means to be Batman, even if its done to a comedic effect.
Overall, The Lego Movie 2 was a pretty fun time but for a large majority of that time I found myself lounged in my seat bored. The jokes don’t always land and most of the references are just shoehorned in without any purpose. The voice acting is top notch and Will Arnett is the stand out yet again. The animation is really nice and the songs can be catchy, even if it seems like the creators are trying to hard. Not as awesome as the first movie but still an entertaining watch. Just don’t expect to want to come back for a second viewing.