Review - The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

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When The LEGO Movie was first announced, it was considered a gamble by just about everyone. Though we all love LEGO, we wondered: how can a good movie possibly be made with these building blocks? Fortunately, in February 2014, we got our answer. The film was a critical and commercial success, surpassing expectations all across the board.

A sequel was announced soon after. It hasn't been totally smooth sailing for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, though, as it faced director changes and release date delays over these last five years. There was also the unavoidable problem of it maybe not being as good as the original, and the argument of diminishing returns after each 2017 spinoff.

Well, I had the chance to catch an early screening of the movie, and I have to say that everything is still awesome! You'll have to read on after the break to find out why. Please know that this review is entirely spoiler-free. However, if you want to know absolutely nothing going in, then I suggest perhaps skipping this review until after you’ve seen the movie.


The Story

Five years after the events of the first film, Finn’s little sister’s DUPLO alien invaders have turned Bricksburg into the run-down desert landscape of Apocalypseburg. Our hero Emmet Brickowski still remains as upbeat is ever, but his “special best friend” Lucy has forced herself to toughen up in recent years, and wants him to do the same.

Things take a turn for the worst when a minidoll alien general named Sweet Mayhem arrives and captures her, Batman, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard. It’s up to Emmet to grow up and be the hero Lucy wants him to be, join the intergalactic adventurer Rex Dangervest, and save the gang from Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi and the Systar System.


The Review

This movie starts up and doesn’t slow down. Every minute, there are gorgeous visuals to look at and hilarious jokes to laugh at. Cameos pop in so suddenly, but every one is great and you will enjoy freeze-framing the movie searching for them when it comes out on Blu-ray. Seeing minifigures, Duplo figures, and minidolls on screen at the same time, not to mention more obscure characters like those from Fabuland, is a sight to behold, and you can tell the animators had a lot of fun with the possibilities that this tale of two siblings provided.

Most sequels, especially ones for animated films, have the bad habit of keeping the universe mostly the same in order to exploit what made the first movie so likable. This is usually an attempt to capture the magic of the first, but can have mixed results. Fortunately, The LEGO Movie 2 doesn’t do that. The characters have had proper development in the years since we last saw them, and this new environment has allowed the story to take unexpected directions that expand on the first film in profound ways.

While not spoiling anything, the whole real-world reveal from The LEGO Movie really makes you see things in a whole different light, and the live-action scenes here really do a great job of enhancing the emotional experience, unlike the cringe-inducing moments in The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.

The characters in this sequel are fantastic, as well. Emmet is just as lovable as in the the first movie, and his relationship with Lucy is where the film truly excels. Lucy, or Wyldstyle, herself gets her own time to shine in this movie, and they go some places with the character that you may or may not expect. Batman and his Justice League comrades are a highlight once again, and really allow the movie to go into some meta topics such as DC references and even a poke at Marvel. Those who enjoyed Superman and Green Lantern’s rocky relationship in The LEGO Movie will find a lot to love here!

Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard are mostly just there, but they do get some great lines and considerable screentime, so I don’t see much to complain about. Unfortunately, Morgan Freeman as Ghost Vitruvius is nowhere to be seen. Liam Neeson also does not return as Scribble Cop, but the character himself does make a quick appearance. Do not go in expecting much from him. However, you will be happy to know that President Business comes back, voiced once again by Will Ferrell!

As for new characters, I really like General Sweet Mayhem, played by Stephanie Beatriz, despite them not doing a lot with her. Rex Dangervest is an interesting character too, especially considering Chris Pratt does double duty voice work as both him and Emmet! You find out a lot about Rex and how he fits into the story, and the references to Pratt’s other film roles are hilarious, to say the least. However, his raptors steal the show, with their more human actions such as drinking coffee and skateboarding!

The true highlight of the cast additions has to be Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, voiced to near-perfection by Tiffany Haddish! Intriguing from the very beginning, how her character unfolds is done incredibly well, and the comic relief stemming from her unclear goals and shape-shifting abilities are laugh-out-loud funny.

As for the actual animation and look of the movie, suffice to say you will not be disappointed. Just as in The LEGO Movie, every single frame oozes detail and precision, from the location designs to the little scratches on the bricks and figures, to the bright colors and ingenious visual gags. The songs of this movie especially use the LEGO nature of the film’s animation to their advantage. And speaking of the songs... those worried about the movie being billed as a musical should leave their negativity outside the theater, as they are insanely clever and quite fun to watch. Not to mention, Catchy Song will never get out of your head! Go ahead, just try to get rid of it. It won’t happen.


The Verdict

Overall, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a beautiful film with fun to spare. Morals such as working together, and changing with the times despite staying yourself, are poignant and not ham-fisted. It even touches on sensitive subjects, such as gendered play and toxic masculinity, in an appropriate and well-done way, which is impressive. The voice cast gives it their all, delivering an important, often hilarious, and definitely surprising story. It surpasses the likes of the two spinoffs to stand right up there with The LEGO Movie's brilliance. While not as original as the first, there is no doubt that both are unique odes to the power of creativity.

With both this and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse during the last couple of months, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are 2 for 2! If you loved the first movie, you will definitely at least enjoy this one and I highly recommend it. Everything is awesome again, in space! What more could you want?

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, directed by Mike Mitchell, a Warner Bros. Pictures film, opens everywhere on February 8, 2019. If you’ve already seen it, what did you think of the movie? No spoilers, please. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

43 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Everything is awesome!! Thanks BrickPal for the insight. Definitely will go see this one.

By the way. How did you get those pictures of the movie? Did you illegally take pictures in the theater?? Shame.

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By in United States,

I can't wait for this! Loved the past LEGO movies and Spiderverse.

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By in United States,

Can't wait for it! I want to know how benny gets a cyborg arm.

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By in United States,

I got to see the early access screening. Our party had 3 adults and 3 kids, and we all laughed, cried, gasped, and loved every minute of it.

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By in United States,

Seeing it this Thursday and I can’t wait!

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By in Hungary,

I didn't see it, but I suspect there is some connection between Emmett and Rex (future-self, lost twin). There are too many similarities. I wonder if I'll have right.

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By in United States,

If anyone has seen it already, can you PLEASE tell me what role classic space plays in the movie?

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By in Canada,

We managed to get last minute tickets to the early screening. My kids loved it and so did my wife and I. Not quite as good as the first one (what could be?) but almost!

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By in United States,

@DecR504: Hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, but its only real role is as it relates to Benny, his interests, friends, and building style. Pretty comparable overall to its brief appearances in the first Lego Movie. Which could be disappointing if that's what you're interested in, but hey, the fact that it's more readily available in sets this time around despite not having that much more significant a role in the movie is kind of nice for those fans.

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By in United States,

@Lyichir: Okay, thanks! Hmm...hopefully there’s enough CS material for a second CS set, at least. Thank you very much!

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By in United States,

I'll see it for the Lego once it's on Bluray and I can pause to look at the models. Couldn't care less about the story or how many gags they can shove in there. Looking forward to it!

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By in United States,

@Your future president, all these photos are readily available online and are shots from the trailers, haha.

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By in Finland,

Nice to hear. I actually won't be going to the theater/cinema to see the new movie this time around, but rather wait until I see it elsewhere. I do want to see it eventually, but I'm not such a movie fanatic that I should check it out right now.

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By in United States,

It’s good, but I would hold off putting it in the same air as the original. The Second Part has some severe storytelling flaws (caused by some really smart, interesting, and complicated ideas) that hold the movie back significantly when scrutinized.

The original just holds together so well in every aspect (from humor to story structure to character development etc.) that it’s so hard to replicate. The good certainly outweighs the bad in The Second Part, but there are pieces of the film that don’t fit together in legal ways.

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By in United States,

^ I am aware. However, I did not want to give any spoilers away, and that’s also why I didn’t say it was better than the original. Anyway, this is all my own opinion, and it’s perfectly fine if you disagree. :-)

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By in United States,

I got more Classic Space sets--'far as I'm concerned, the new movie was already a win!

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By in Turkey,

I am really hoping to see some the of the models from the end of the movie to be released as sets and I try to think positive that they may be intentionally left for the second or third wave to prevent spoilers.

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By in Australia,

I’m excited to see this movie, but unfortunately like 2 of the 3 LEGO movies before it the release date here in Australia is almost 2 months after the rest of the world. After The LEGO Movie was the most pirated movie of 2014 you’d think they’d learn.

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By in Canada,

Is it worth buying the welcome to Apocalypseburg set after seeing the movie

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By in United States,

THE MOVIE WAS AWESOME. PUN INTENDED

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By in United States,

@TheBrickPal "Fortunately, in February 2014, we got out answer." out should be our

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By in United States,

^ Thanks!

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By in United States,

I want to thank you for addressing the status for the returning supporting characters, because that was something I was really curious about but didn't want to risk spoiling myself (in other ways) by googling or reading reviews. I'm glad they remembered just about everyone even if they don't all have a big part, and Vitrivus is, indeed, the one character I was less interested in seeing again.

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By in Belgium,

@DecR504 There's already a second CS set, with a SPACESHIP, but it's in the 4+ theme! Some stores put it next to Duplo, along with the other 4+ sets, while others place them near the others TLM2 sets.

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By in Germany,

I will probably buy the BluRay on discount someday like I did with the first one. As the German translation/synchro usually kills 99% of the jokes in movies plus the tone/nuances of the original voices is more or less completely lost as well, there is hardly any reason to go watch this in theatres for me anyway.

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By in United States,

@TheBrickPal:
Great synopsis and helpful review, without really giving any spoilers.

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By in United States,

Oh yeah, forgot about that 4+ set with Benny and Emmet. I wonder if there’ll be another normal CS set, similar to Benny’s Space Squad, in the second wave. Maybe a $30 set with one of those larger spaceships seen in the background of the Benny’s Space Squad box? Or a few of them for $70 or $80...

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By in United States,

@DecR504:
I know, that would be so great of them to release another CS set for the summer wave, as I think would make many CS fans (including me), and AFOLS delighted!

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By in United States,

@Koolbrix2018: I’m pretty sure TLG made a brickload of money off Benny’s Space Squad, so if they have any sense, they’ll release a second CS set :P. Really hoping they do, with black, green, and red spaceman, or maybe a non-Benny blue or some new colors like orange, gray, or purple!

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By in United States,

@DecR504:
Yeah, I think it was by far the most popular and successful (and one of the most affordable too) of the TLM2 sets so far, so it would only make sense for them to release another CS set. Benny's Space Squad is still out of stock at my Walmart....
I would be absolutely delighted if they released more spacemen in different colors, like you said, that would be great!

Now I just need to make a Classic Spaceman army.....

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By in United States,

@jimsy_23:
I came to an unfortunate realization today. If you've seem TLM2, this should make sense, but for those who haven't it should be cryptic enough to be non-spoilery. If TLM is Emmet, TLM2 is Rex. Think about it, and the full extent of what that means.

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By in United States,

In the last picture, is that lex luthor behind superman?

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By in United States,

> toxic masculinity

Why is leftist bullshit/made up garbage like this shoehorned into a movie thats supposed to be about Lego? The first movie didn't have this garbage. How about say something about an actual problem like toxic-feminism instead or leave political-propaganda like this out of the movie. This is supposed to be an escape not an agenda festival.

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By in United States,

>Toxic Masculinity.

Lmao. Well, I guess everything else in the movie is fictional as well, it's not that out of place.

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By in United States,

@GrandAdmiralPope:
Watch the movie, and when you're done, consider that TLM is Emmet and TLM2 is Rex. It will all make sense, when you figure that out.

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By in United States,

@GrandAdmiralPope: Funny how you think talking about the very real and well-studied concept of toxic masculinity is "political propaganda" but you think slandering feminism would be A-OK. I guess it's only "political" if it doesn't reinforce your existing worldview.

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By in Sweden,

For what it’s worth this movie got a lukewarm review in a Swedish daily. The storytellers tries too much, resulting in an uninteresting story.

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By in Canada,

I just saw the show last night and I agree with everything you said. It also make me want to go out and buy some of the sets, which I had already decided to pass on. Mission accomplished, Lego Group.

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By in United States,

I saw the movie today and loved it. "Gotham City Guys" was my favorite musical sequence, and not just because it name checks all the actors that have played Batman (except for the serials, of course).

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By in Germany,

@Cooliocdawg Yep, it's Lex Luthor and both have a small part together :-D

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By in United States,

Do you plan to do a spoiler review in the near future?

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By in Australia,

Saw an advanced screening today and loved it! I might call this The Last Crusade of the franchise, where it isn't as good as the original, but excellent nonetheless. At the moment, the film is 29 on my top 100 movies (the original is at 26, so there isn't much difference).

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By in United States,

"Not Evil" is still stuck in my head!

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