The Lego Movie 2 - This Movie Doesn't Quite Rock The Awesome. But...
Dir: Mike Mitchell
Starring Chris Partt, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Ayoade, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, (possibly) Bruce Willis
OK, so here’s the short version – The Lego Movie was so much more “awesome” than any of us expected (thank you Lord and Miller.) But the brand was diluted quicker than you can piss on a man on fire, via Batman and Ninjago. And suddenly what once was fresh became almost immediately singular and stale. So, a return to Emmet’s world (now with a distinct Mad Max influence) was always a worry – especially with said Lord and Miller moving out of the director’s chair this time.
What remains is, for the first hour or so, a cacophony of visual delights, pop culture references up the wazoo (particularly liked the Planet of The Apes reference, and the fact that Chris Pratt becomes his Guardians dad – and hunting buddy - Kurt Russell) but simply too much – much as Lord and Miller brought to their recent throw-everything-at-it Spider-Verse.
All that being said, after what feels like a kids party gone astray, Lego Movie 2 finds itself in its final half hour. The stuff in the “real world” begins to find resonance, it’s central metaphor about siblings having to work out how to play together, and its overtly sentimental ending actually work.
Plus, its songs are just simply great. One is a deliberate earworm (“This Song’s Gonna Get Stuck Inside Your Head”), another subverts the whole DC universe (“I’m Just Not Into Gotham City Guys”), and the re-doing of Everything Ain’t Awesome might just bring a – deserved – tear to your eye. It’s no Toy Story 2. Or even 3. But it finds itself after a bit of an overwhelming barrage.
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