“You mind if I save your life?” asks Rex Dangervest (voiced by Chris Pratt). “Not at all,” replies Emmet (also voiced by Pratt) who’s trying to save his friends after they’ve been abducted by aliens in the movie sequel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
It’s been five years since “Everything was Awesome” invaded our heads and since Emmet, Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) defeated Lord Business. Now the Lego figures in Bricksburg are facing a new and imposing threat…Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. These invaders are able to wreck everything much faster than Emmet, Lucy, and the rest of the gang can rebuild.
When the second in command of the aliens, General Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), kidnaps Lucy, Batman, Unikitty, and MetalBeard, it falls to poor Emmet to find his courage and tough, gruff side to travel to a faraway, unexplored world to save them.
Loud, repetitive, and unoriginal, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part does not come remotely close to the humor, clever writing, creativity, and fun of the first film. The sequel does have a new adventure with a few new characters, but sadly they aren’t that interesting and at fact are, at times, annoying.
Another big problem with the film is the new songs are absolutely awful. One in particular, “Catchy Song,” goes on for so long during the film that it becomes more than irritating and slides into full-on headache-inducing mode.
Most of the voice cast return to reprise their characters. Unfortunately, most of the jokes and one-liners they’re given to voice are just reworked from the original film. A perfect example of this is when Lucy tells Emmet he needs to become tough and dark. He begins to say he is and then says, “Oh look, a shooting star. Quick make a wish!” This is just a minor tweak from the scene in the first film when Lego Batman says his dark side is what drew Lucy to him and Emmet starts to say he has a dark side but interrupts himself to say, “Oh look, a rainbow.” The original witty one-liners barely altered aren’t funny and instead reveal how weak the writing really is in this sequel.
With boring new characters, terrible and annoying songs, and re-tooled lines, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is proof that some films are better off not having a sequel.
Release Date: February 8, 2019
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor
Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes