Is the ‘The Lego Movie 2’ better than its predecessor? Sadly, the answer here is no, but that should not be surprising. A sequel was always going to lack the fresh nature of the original film. It was truly the first of its kind and its unique concept could never be simply redone. However, the better question is whether ‘The Lego Movie 2’ live up to the original? And the answer to that question is a resounding “yes”. The film is filled with enough clever dialogue, site gags, and characters to litter multiple films. Which means entertainment is not in short supply.
The film still relies on Emmett (Chris Pratt) and Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) to carry the heart of the story, but the comedy is riddled throughout by over a half dozen memorable characters. The best of these still being Batman. Will Arnett provides such a fun parody of everything that we know about this character and it seems to be a gag that doesn’t get old. Tiffani Haddish also has a hilarious turn here as a shape shifting character that’s one of the few surprises worth figuring out on your own. There are actually a couple of surprising characters that are best left to the audience to discover.
However, just because some of the characters and locations are new, it doesn’t mean that this film is without its exercised material. In fact, much of the first act is just a ‘Mad Max’ twist on the beat by beat work of the first film. They even do the exact same gags with the exact same song, but they slightly alter it. Luckily, the concept is still amusing enough to put a smile on your face. I just wish it didn’t feel like such lazy writing in the early going. It does eventually pick up though, and the whole thing leads to a pretty big sugar rush of a time at the movies.
The story here is also similar in its structure of human children wanting to play with their Legos, but the parents potentially wrecking the Lego worlds entire existence. This time it is an Armageddon that will be caused by the mother if the kids can’t figure out how to get along. Which is kind of funny considering the fact that if the kids get along then every scary thing in the movie might not happen or might be resolved. There is some ‘Toy Story’ like cleverness in this one. So, it’s not all disconnected.
Bottom line, this film is a fairly clever comedy of fast paced dialogue and site gags. If you enjoyed the first one then you will enjoy this one.