The Lego Movie was a surprisingly fun and emotional movie that could have been little more than an extended toy commercial. Instead, there was a message in there about fun and creativity. Could a sequel possibly match the heart of the original?
Well, there’s a sequel out now, and Ryan liked it. How about me?
After a short prologue showing what happened when the Duplos arrived at the end of the first movie, the story skips ahead five years and finds the citizens of the Lego-land have hardened into a post-apocalyptic setting, fearing never-ending alien invasions. Everyone, that is, except for Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), who is the same cheerful, bubblegum pop music enthusiast he’s always been. That doesn’t seem to be sitting well with his special friend Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). She would like Emmet to “grow up” but he just doesn’t seem capable. But when an alien in a mask swoops in and kidnaps Lucy and their friends Unikitty (Alison Brie), Spaceman Benny (Charlie Day), MetalBeard the pirate (Nick Offerman), and Batman (Will Arnett), taking the group to another system in space to meet the shapechanging Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), and the Queen has something she needs from them, something will need to be done.
That means Emmet will have to fly off into parts unknown alone to save them, getting help along the way from space badass Rex Dangervest (also Pratt). And all the while, a doomsday prediction hangs over the characters.
Like the first, there’s a deeper message here, and it’s not quite the same one, so that’s a good thing. I will say that knowing the big secret of the first movie doesn’t make it that hard to figure out what’s really going on here, but it still worked and made for a fun time with some catchy if somewhat forgettable self-referential pop songs, meta-humor, and Batman jokes. You can never have too many Batman jokes. 8 out of 10 rage-inducing raisin references.