"LEGO Movie" is a hard action to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it is no wonder that it created a variety of quality spinoffs. But the big test should always be the successor and regardless of whether it could restore the first magic. And I'm happy to report that "LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" is pretty darn good, but you too can't help shaking the feeling that it will never live up to the first exciting news. 19659002] The scripture, written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is once again whipped. Witnesses and clever pop culture refer to whiz at lightning speed and you will be lucky to catch even half of them on the first clock. Even the songs (there are a few more this time) are filled with Lord and Miller wit. And you will surely stay for the credits song, which strangely is one of the best parts of the movie despite not really being part of the movie.
But there is something lost in this round. With a new director at Mike Mitchell's helm ("Trolls", "Sky High"), you sometimes feel that the movie just goes through the movements. Still, it has charm and flash fun to save, and children will probably love it as much.
The movie starts by establishing the introduction of a little sister and all the chaos and destruction and beauty that entails. Her LEGOs are oversized and cute, throwing the more traditional LEGO's of brother's world into a loop and destroying all the meticulous buildings in Bricksburg.
An abrupt cut to five years later finds Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle / Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Benny (Charlie Day), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and all The favorites that the first live in a "Mad Max" tribute they call Apocalypse are "grittier and cooler" than Bricksburg). Emmet is still Emmet, although it is bright, cheery and optimistic, though everyone else is spreading and scowling. He even builds a bakery house for himself and Lucy with a stacking fence, a front yard and a toaster you know so they can eat toaster waffles anytime.
Lucy tells Emmett that she wants him to grow up as her, but before their fight is resolved, foreigners from the Systar system attack and take Lucy, Batman, Benny and Unikitty hostage to a marriage ceremony on their planet. Left behind, Emmet goes out to save them and is kept up with a new character, Rex Dangervest, who is also presented by Pratt in a very self-conscious riff on his own movie studio. He is a "galaxy archeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer" who enjoys showing his "chiseled traits that used to be hidden under baby fat."
Rex & # 39; s crew consists exclusively of velociraptors similar to Jurassic Park / World's velociraptors, but here are subtitles. It's an inspired bit that made me laugh every time. He and Sister System people like General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) and Queen Watevre Wa & Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) are all lovely and refreshingly new. But the movie begins to draw on just one big, and at times it feels like "Toy Story 3" at times. It is not entirely their fault when the real world element was revealed in the first "LEGO Movie", there are only so many directions you can go, and the big stakes that all toys face are forgotten and the threat of be pushed into stock.
I'm not sure how much more the study can ponder from this concept that was once so brilliant. But fortunately, "LEGO Movie 2" does not destroy everything the first one worked so hard to build. It just tries to be very hard to be exactly the same.
"LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part", a Warner Bros. Pictures version is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for "for some rude humor". Time: 1
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