The Lego Movie 2 Review: Everything Is Still Awesome After Five Years

Aayushi Duong |Feb 10, 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is out now. Scroll down to read our review


Cast:  Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Director: Mike Mitchell

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

2014 witnessed the success of the much-loved film The Lego Movie followed by 2 spin-off films. After 5 years, the screenwriting duo Phill Lord and Chris Miller return to write the sequel helmed by Mike Mitchell.

The film follows Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) and many other Bricksburg’s master builders. It has been five years, and intruders of planet Duplo have turned the happy town of Bricksburg into one dystopian land. The self-absorbed Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) makes one plan to get married to Batman for the greater good as she claims.

Lucy, however, is one hundred percent sure that Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi is evil. When the Queen makes an attempt to manipulate everyone, Emmet has to save this universe again with the assistance of one mysterious superhero Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt) this time.

The screenplay by Phill Lord and Chris Miller is smart. The laughs come at a steady pace, but they will undoubtedly make you smile during runtime.

The voice performances are also perfect. Chris Pratt voices 2 characters and nails them both. Elizabeth Banks as Lucy is excellent. Other voice performances are great too, especially Richard Ayoade and Tifanny Haddish. The cameos of Bruce Willis as himself and Ben Schwartz as Bananar are hilarious as well.

Filmmaker Mike Mitchel has done an excellent job with this new film. His direction follows the previous parts, and he’s capable of bringing back the characters, creativity, and charm that made the first film a hit. In fact, the new movie is even more layered than the first one. It plays with the idea that everything cannot always be awesome, but that does not mean we should give up and accept it, not when we can fight to fix things.

The music is catchy, and it works quite well with the whole film. Whether you are into musicals or not, you still enjoy all the songs.

The pacing of the film was a big downer especially, in the final act. This film is a breezy affair for the most part, but it drags a little bit towards the end.

In general, The Lego Movie 2 is hilarious, entertaining and nostalgic. It’s a worthy sequel to the first one with Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Chris Pratt’s fantastic vocal performances.


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