The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part movie review

When the first The LEGO Movie came out, it was a fresh and hilarious take on the LEGO universe with beloved characters from popular properties like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Emmet and Wyldstyle’s journey to stop the bad guy captivated audiences and critics and grossed $469 million worldwide at the box office. With The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller step out as directors, but they are still attached as screenwriters. With that said, the sequel is still a fun ride with our favorite heroes returning, but the first film sets a bar that’s hard to beat.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part features new antagonists in the form of General Mayhem and Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. General Mayhem is a skilled fighter from another world, and the queen is the ruler of that world. General Mayhem kidnaps Wyldstyle, Batman and friends, and this causes Emmet (Chris Pratt) to find a way to get them back. He’ll have the help from Rex Dangervest, a galaxy-defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer who is also voiced by Chris Pratt.

The first film surprised us when it was revealed that the Lego universe actually is part of the real world. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part continues that tradition, and we get glimpses of Finn’s new playstyle by making the LEGO universe be transformed into a Mad Max-style world.

In The LEGO Movie, Will Ferrell as Lord Business was an evil but funny villain that made us want to root for the good guys. With General Mayhem and Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, they were never that interesting as antagonists, so the story never felt truly engaging. However, all is not lost since we get to go on a wild ride with fan-favorite characters like Emmet and Batman.

What’s surprising is that I was more invested in the real world story involving Finn and his younger sister, Bianca. I actually wanted to see that the world explored more because of the emotional impact and relatable story.

“Everything Is Awesome” is a hard song to beat in terms of catchiness, but the new songs are still a joy to listen to. One such song is the “Catchy Song” from T-Pain, That Girl Lay Lay and Dillon Francis. Hearing it made me want to dance in my seat, but I refrained myself since I was in a packed theater. The highlight of the film is definitely Beck, Robyn, and Lonely Island’s end credits song, “Super Cool.” It pokes fun of end credits songs and will have you laughing from beginning to end.

Although it can’t match the awesomeness of the first film, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is all kinds of fun with a warm message about sharing.

Score: 3.5/5 Atoms

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