After the events of the last film Bricksburg has been devastated by the Duplo invaders and been turned into Apocalypseburg. As if that wasn’t enough General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) and Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) turn up and abduct Emmett’s (Chris Pratt) friends. Emmett sets out to save the day with the ruggedly dashing Rick Dangervest (also Pratt).
The original Lego Movie felt like something really special, after all how could a film about plastic bricks ever be interesting or fun? Against all the odds it was one of the best films of the year, proving to be incredibly inventive and funny with just the right amount of pop culture references. Surely the first movie was just a fluke and the magic couldn’t possibly be recaptured?
Against all of the odds The Lego Movie 2 does manage to create something that is very nearly on the same level as the original, which means that it’s still a very entertaining ride of pop culture references and decent jokes. The film does cover some similar ground to the original but that’s no bad thing, if you’re going to copy something it’s always a good idea to start with a good template. To put it into Lego terms, The Lego Movie 2 seems to use the instructions from the first film, but just adds bits here and there.
The plot is fairly straightforward and again borrows heavily from its predecessor; it’s a tale of mysterious invaders troubling our heroes again while still battling the Duplo horde. This time around the sequel leans into the meta-narrative of the first film even more heavily. When we see Emmett and co onscreen we are actually seeing the imagination of two kids play out in front of us. The message itself is a little hamfisted but that’s no bad thing really, it’s a nice moral tale about growing up and the importance of siblings.
The story and the meta element are just a facade though, they’re just an excuse to lever in as many bizarre jokes as humanly possible, while also throwing in more cameos and characters than you’d think possible. Where else could you see an appearance by Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Batman and a pack of raptors?
The Lego Movie 2 is a lot of fun and it certainly gives a great laughs per minute ratio and what’s even better is that they all seem to land perfectly. I thought the first film had a lot of characters but this somehow tops it and they’re all fantastic. It’s a pop culture whirlwind, with some of the most surreal and brilliant animation that I’ve seen for a while. Oh and if you thought Everything is Awesome was catchy wait until you hear Catchy Song.