The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part attempts to capture the magic of the first film to good results.
The end of the first LEGO movie finds Bricksburg at peace, with Emmet putting a stop to Lord Business’ reign of terror after the latter’s change of heart. In the real world, it’s a father and son making amends with each other as The Man Upstairs finally allows him to play freely, which of course now includes his sister.
Now off on a new adventure to battle new foes and save his friends, Emmet and the gang are set to face personal journeys that leave them and the universe forever changed. The Lego Movie 2 doubles down on everything that the first film delivered on and fans of the franchise can look forward to the same heart, energy, and distinct brand of humor, except bigger, more ambitious, and of course, with more Legos.
Invasion of the Systar System
Emmet and his friends find themselves descending into the apocalypse as the Duplos wreak havoc on Bricksburg. While the rest of Bricksburg, now named Apocalypseburg, grows hardened by their new situation, the past 5 years have barely affected Emmet’s positive attitude, which Wyldstyle isn’t very keen on.
The film begins to ramp up as Emmet shows Wyldstyle his dream home and suddenly gets visions of “Our-Mom-Ageddon” and Apocalypseburg is attacked by the Duplos once again. Wyldstyle, Batman, Unikitty, Metalbeard, and Benny get taken to the Systar System where Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi introduces herself with the intent to marry someone from their land to unite the universe. Wyldstyle remains highly suspicious as everyone settles into life in the Systar system, with Batman even agreeing to marry the queen.
Emmet goes out to rescue them, setting course towards the Upstairs and gets saved by Rex Dangervest before he got hit by dust. Rex teaches Emmet his ways to make him tougher to impress Wyldstyle and are soon reunited with her to stop Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi’s wedding to Batman. Wyldstyle soon learns that the Systar System has no ill intent towards them and were hostile simply because they thought it was the best way to communicate with them. She also learns that Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi was the heart that Emmet made when the Duplos first arrived, further realizing that their intentions are true. Wyldstyle tries to stop Emmet from executing their plan, but was unable to do so as Emmet gets further manipulated by Rex. Emmet stops the wedding and destroys the temple, causing the start of “Our-Mom-Aggedon.”
The End Part
The film then switches to real life as we see siblings Finn and Bianca fighting over the now-destroyed Lego sets. Their mom is on her last straw and orders them to put everything in the storage bins. Emmet tries to stop the siblings, but is halted by Rex who then reveals that he is Emmet from the future, bittered from spending his years “under the dry-ar” (underneath the dryer in the basement) after attempting to journey Upstairs to save his friends. He was angry at the fact that his friends didn’t save him and subjects Emmet to the same fate.
Wyldstyle, now in the “bin of stor-age” with the others, musters enough energy to bring them back to the Lego world as the siblings make up when Finn gives Bianca the heart he made her, releasing them for play and allowing Wyldstyle to save Emmet from Rex. As Emmet and Lucy reunite, Rex realizes that her actions would assure that Emmet won’t end up like Rex, therefore erasing him from existence. The siblings peacefully get along and create a universe of their own, with Emmet and Lucy finally living in their dream home.
Then and Now
The film does a great job of creating multiple levels of understanding and inter-connectedness. As Finn ages, his interests changed which reflected upon Bricksburg in the form of Apocalypseburg; filled with amazing references to sci-fi films like Blade Runner and Mad Max, as well as borrowing time travel elements from Doctor Who, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Back to the Future. It has several callbacks to the original film and packs onto existing jokes like the double deck sofa.
While the first film benefited well from the shock of realizing what the “kragle” actually was and the real life events that were taking place, the second film takes a more straightforward approach with the use of “Our-Mom-Aggedon,” “Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi,” “Systar System,” and the “bin of stor-age” with slightly diminishing returns but with a high sense of self-awareness. There is more back and forth between the Lego world and live-action scenes, giving the audience a better look at the parallels of what was going on between the two worlds.
Lord and Miller lean onto what they do best, which is incorporating meta-references and absurdity into the film, beginning with the mere existence of Rex Dangervest, an amalgam of characters played by Chris Pratt, an entire sequence dedicated to the Batman mythos, and fun Bruce Willis cameos for the adults.
The film easily resonates with anyone who had siblings growing up and has a good message for kids to learn early on. It’s very out there, fun, and believably takes place in the mind of a child, all while tackling some emotional depth through the conflict between Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Rex. Rex was slightly reminiscent of Prospector Pete from Toy Story 2, which opens up comparisons of how the Toy Story franchise and the Lego Movie handle growing up.
Much like the first film, the second one offers a new earworm courtesy of The Lonely Island with “Super Cool” plus the very impactful, appropriately named, sure-to-be-repeated-endlessly song “Catchy Song” as well as a new take on their original song “Everything’s Not Awesome.”
The stellar voice cast stars Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks returning to voice Emmet and Wyldstyle, along with Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, and Will Ferrell, while Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Richard Ayoade, and Maya Rudolph join the cast for the second film.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a well-thought of sequel that matches the energy, heart, and humor of the first one and is a joyful adventure overall. Rest assured, everything is still awesome.
Catch The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part out in Philippine cinemas now.