Release: 3rd June 2019
Format: BR / DVD
The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, The LEGO® Movie 2, reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
It is not uncommon for a film to receive its sequel a number of years after initial release. But it IS quite rare for said film to get 2 spin-offs in that period, thus making the sequel feel more like part of a quadrilogy. To this end, The Lego Move 2 is a victim of it’s own success, with the end result being no less entertaining, but suffering from severe franchise fatigue.
Picking up where the last film left off, The Lego Movie 2 takes a minute to find its groove before jumping forward 5 years. Mad Max references ensure, as does the film’s central theme (ripped straight from the page of Toy Story 3) of learning who to trust and holding on to your childhood innocence. It is not really until new brick on the block Queen Whatevra Wa’Nabi (get it!?) appears, that the film starts to establish a fresher rhythm. And speaking of rhythm, it’s actually the musical numbers that come out strongest post viewing. Tracks like ‘Not Evil’, ‘Gotham City Guys’, and this season’s Everything is Awesome riff, astutely titled ‘Catchy Song’. These ear worms and their accompanying dance numbers are easily some of the best bits of the film.
The original Lego Movie was powered by a great central cast, with this sequel failing to double down on that. In fact, characters such as Emmet and Wyldstyle barely register. The side plot involving Rex Dangervest (in a pointlessly knowing ode to Chris Pratt’s superhero overhaul) delivers very little in the way of laughs or entertainment, while newcomer Stephanie Beatriz gets barely any role at all as General Mayhem. It is Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish who have the most fun, in a chunk of the film that is better off labelled The Batman Lego Movie 1.5.
The animation is superb, and some sequence play out nicely; including a few live action moments with the ever wonderful Maya Rudolph. But the honest fact remains, after 3 LEGO films, this one fails to do anything new or interesting. Granted, if it aint broke don’t fix it, but after seeing the formula remain untouched 3 times over, you have to wonder, what is the point in taking a fourth stroll around the block?
And what about the 4K presentation? Well as you might imagine, colour is a big player, with a beauituflly saturated wash of pinks, blue, blacks and, of course, yellows. The Atmos soundtrack meanwhile, works best at louder more bassy volumes.
Film Grade: C+
As with the film, the offerings here seems a little limp. Nothing is overtly rubbish, but even the director’s commentary lacks energy.
Special Features Grade: C
Evertyhing is far from awesome, but The Lego Movie 2 is still a fun bit of family viewing.