The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – Still Funny

Rating (3.5 out of 5)

Summary: While definitely inferior to the original, “The Lego Movie”, Lego 2 delivers numerous laughs for both young and old. Similar to “Toy Story”, there are laughs for the kids, and separate jokes for the parents. What hampers Lego 2 is the storyline with Rex Dangervest (Chris Pratt) and his time machine. Still, with a movie that makes me laugh out loud, I am a little more lenient.

Plot: The city is under constant attack from Duplo until one day, Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and others are kidnapped by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish). The Queen announces her plan and it is up to Emmet (Chris Pratt) to save the day.

Detail: The move is filled with lots of little one-off laughs. The jokes are dispersed between general humor and adult humor. The references to movies throughout the movie are fairly entertaining and really meant for the experienced movie watcher. I myself enjoyed the Die Hard reference. The story references all the actors who have played Batman.

There are more musical numbers in Lego 2. While I didn’t expect a musical, I thought the musical numbers were executed well and the songs catchy, especially for kids. The musical numbers created a pleasant differentiation from the original.

“The Lego Movie” fell off when they mixed the Lego world with the real world. Especially, didn’t care for Emmett hoping across the floor the real world to the Lego storage to build his own time machine. Time machines are a plot device when the scriptwriter can’t think of anything else.

While the real world provides the framework of the Lego worlds. The story merely required a dash of the real world instead of the heavy dose in Lego 2. I enjoyed the depiction of the two Lego worlds. We all understood the other world was the sisters by the name of their world without having to show the real sister. While I desired less real world, the joke about Mom (Maya Rudolph) stepping on Lego with her bare feet is one the I will remember for a while. Only stepping on a nail hurts more than stepping on Lego.