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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Review - Funny with Lots of Heart

LEGO mini-fig survival depends on a kid playing nice with his sister.

Reviewed by on Feb 07, 2019
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Kidzworld reviews The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part movie. It’s fast, funny and full of a lot of relationship-building heart.

By: Lynn Barker

In The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, it's been five years since everything was awesome in Bricksburg and the citizens are now threated from outer space by LEGO Duplo invaders who are wrecking everything that the locals are trying to rebuild in the newly-named Apocalypseburg. Builder Emmet (voice of Chris Pratt) has to step up again and go rescue would-be love Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and other friends from a weird alien queen when she has them kidnapped. Courage and a belief in self-worth will be required. Is Emmet up to the task? Will his teaming up with the macho space wanderer Rex Dangervest (also Pratt) on his quest be a good or bad thing?

Emmet isn't sure he can rescue his friends aloneEmmet isn't sure he can rescue his friends aloneCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer

Back to Bricksburg

Kid Finn from the last film, is still avidly playing with his LEGOs in the basement and has turned “dark”, making their world a Mad Max-style wasteland of “un-awesomeness”. When his little sister Bianca tries to join in with sparkly toys, hearts and happy yellow stars, all heck breaks loose. They turn dangerous and attack Bricksburg. It stays wrecked and only cheery Emmet seems to be happy in this hopeless scenario. Batman is lonely and Judy is dark and brooding even when she sees that Emmet has built an adorable little house for them to inhabit.

Emett has built a house for LucyEmett has built a house for LucyCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Alien Commander

A ship with a force field attacks. Judy and Batman’s efforts to defend aren’t enough and Emmet accidentally destroys his own little house. Aliens land, led by General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) who tells inhabitants that her shape-shifting leader Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) of the Systar System wants to marry their leader.

General Mayhem gives ordersGeneral Mayhem gives ordersCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Despite a good fight, Lucy, Batman, Unikitty (Alison Brie), astronaut Benny (Charlie Day) and others are taken hostage. Emmet tries to lead a group to rescue them but nobody will join him. He turns his destroyed house into a ship and takes off on his own rescue quest.

Batman, MetalBeard, Lucy and Unikitty are kidnappedBatman, MetalBeard, Lucy and Unikitty are kidnappedCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Queen

On the Systar home planet, Queen Watevra wants to marry Batman since he says he’s the leader. No way. He is a Bat-chelor! She sings a song about how harmless she is and starts wooing the newcomers by giving them what they want.

Queen Watevra can shape-shift at willQueen Watevra can shape-shift at willCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

In space, Emmet is aided by mystery man Rex Dangervest whose homies are LEGO velociraptors! He says he can help with the coming Armomagedin. He’s bitter because he was left alone a long time under the clothes drier in the basement. Emmet asks him to teach him to be an ass-kicker which he thinks is necessary to pull off this rescue.

Emmet meets Rex's raptor crewEmmet meets Rex's raptor crewCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Emmet will have to grow up fast. Meanwhile, Lucy and the others are taken to a sparkly planet where they are pampered. Only Judy stays tough. Suddenly her black hair is multi-colored again. She is sent to music therapy. Rex and Emmet discover a village where all the missing LEGO super-heroes are living in harmony. Listening to the music changed them. They’re evidently brain-washed.

Happy superheroes and others seem brain-washedHappy superheroes and others seem brain-washedCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Rescue?

Lucy puts on earmuffs against the music and escapes, running into Bruce Willis in an air duct.

Can Lucy ever reunite with Emmet?Can Lucy ever reunite with Emmet?Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Emmet has learned to channel his anger and busts open the sidewalk at the village breaking the happy mood. The Wedding Ceremony between Batman and the Queen is about to happen at the Space Temple but she admits in song that she is “Not Into Gotham City Guys”. She likes Superman!  Batman can’t let Supe win so he says he loves her. Let’s get married. Rex and newly-empowered Emmet are on the way to blow up the temple before the wedding. Is the Queen evil or have they all mis-read her? Is Rex who he seems to be or….something totally different? What is Armomagetin?

Batman tries to fight the invadersBatman tries to fight the invadersCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Wrapping Up

There is a lot going on in this 2nd film…maybe too much and too fast to follow easily but the movie is packed with fun cultural references, creative new characters, good morals and it supports teamwork.  Jokes at Chris Pratt’s expense are hilarious and the actor is obviously okay with them. Even the name Rex Dangervest takes aim at his macho yet flawed Jurassic World hero. Message: learn how to play with your younger sister before she destroys your world. It’s teamwork people and it’s painted on pretty thickly but with a light-hearted and colorful brush.

The rough and ready Rex DangervestThe rough and ready Rex DangervestCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Although songs aren’t as catchy as the annoying “Everything is Awesome”, they are fun and lyrics are a hoot.  Voice acting is top notch all around. You and all family members…and your boo will be entertained. We give four stars.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Movie Rating: 4

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Movie PosterThe LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Movie PosterCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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