★★★ | Zach Hester
Due to the track record of both commercial success and my own craving for a new chapter in this story, I had very high expectations for the The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. After the big reveal in the first film that an omniscient son and father were overseeing the plot of the movie, the second part doubles down on that and even adds a sister for an extra layer of heartwarming apex.
The third entry into this franchise picks up with the same characters from the original 2014 The LEGO Movie: Emmett, Wyldstyle, Batman and the whole gang as they face a new intruder in Bricksburg. After these “aliens” take several core members of the community, it’s up to Emmett alongside the mysterious Jack Dangervest to save them all from the far reaches of the spacial Systar System.
The film follows the same level of humor as the first and 2017’s The LEGO Batman Movie. It pokes fun at popular culture, in this instance franchises like Mad Max and Justice League, and even includes a LEGO version of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
The songs in this entry are far cheesier and more plot-related than the staple “Everything Is Awesome” that toppled the minds of all our characters, namely Emmett, in the first film. Tiffany Haddish does a good job not only voicing, but also singing as, the shape-shifting apparent villain in the movie, Queen Whatevra Wa-Nabi (I had to look up how to spell that, you will too after the movie). The issue here is with the business side of the film. There isn’t a staple song to throw out on audiences and try to earn a spot on the radio like last time. That seems like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Overall, the third film in the LEGO franchise, is still a good movie. While not every moment hits as it did in The LEGO Movie or The LEGO Batman Movie, the film is still a fun ride for both families and kids. If you’re a child, you’ll walk out talking about what a fun time you had and if you’re an adult, you’ll walk out still laughing at some of the biting humor that’s placed in for people your age.
I already need another LEGO movie.