The Lego 2 movie: The second part is not as awesome as the first LEGO movie but it is still close. Following the success of The Lego Movie (2014) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017) comes the third installment in the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller series. With the moral messaging of harmony between the two worlds, the movie brims with catchy jokes, good music, and pleasing animation. It is a movie for both kids and adults. The returning cast is great once again, and clearly having great fun with their characters, knowing what makes each character memorable.
The Lego 2 is set five years after the first film left off which is when Finn’s baby sister Bianca decides to play with their dad’s Lego set but she wants to include her toys as well, a series of crude, baby-voiced creatures made from Lego’s toddlers’ line, Duplo. When the hero Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) has a vision of the future that sees the gang banished to the Bin of “Store-ahge”, he, Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett) along with other members of Bricksburg ventures to the Duplo universe to stop their maybe evil queen, Watevra Wa’Nabi. Pratt voices two roles, and his new mysterious character Rex Dangervest is unmatchable and super funny.
Unlike the Toy Story characters who are aware of and love their human owner, most of the Lego characters are unaware of the human forces shaping their lives. The metaphorical touch of Lego world with the real world is an interesting concept. But the most impressive part if this movie is that there is never any outright narration to clarify how Finn and Bianca’s sibling rivalry is shaking the Lego world. It’s left for the audience to pick up on their own, as a rolling meta-joke giving the entire story an added level. In fact, this movie is more layered than the first part. Most of the movie is breezy but it drags a bit in the end.
All in all, Lego 2 movie: The Second part is hilarious, inventive, has a good theme and is a pleasing return to the world of one of the best movies of 2014.