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The LEGO Movie 2 review: more weird, not so great – Den or Geek UK

When The LEGO movie was released in 2014, its success was, to say, something surprising for many moviegoers. Based on a cash-cow toy franchise composed of different unequal lines without a clear narrative focus to go home, it's a movie that must not have worked. But in the hands of the writer / directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller it worked – thanks to a unique mix of childish imagination, storytelling, clever references to pop cultures, lush images and a miraculous meta-turn from the final touch, many adults in the audience exactly in the feelings. Actually everything was pretty cool.

So after the meantime LEGO Batman Movie, we now have the official Second part (the original subtitle of the film). And while the writer / producers Lord and Miller have left the director's seat this time – Trolls"Mike Mitchell does the honors here – their stamp is still everywhere in the final product.

The LEGO Movie 2 takes a lot of what made the first film successful and builds on it – the tale tents are often more surrealistic, the references are thick and fast, the animation is of the highest level. The biggest stumbling block, however, is that it has lost the surprise element.

Go to the story then. It is five years since the destructive DUPLO invaders in Bricksburg crashed, and Master Builder Emmet (Chris Pratt) and co now live in the dusty wasteland of Apocalypsburg. Everything is not great, as Emmet's girlfriend Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) growls – not that it has affected seemingly unlimited optimism.

But the city is soon faced with a new threat when General Mayhem (Brooklyn Nine-Nine& # 39; s Stephanie Beatriz) dives from space to kidnap Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett) and the gang and takes them to her leader – Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), a sinister shattering person who claims that she wants to unite their two worlds. It is left to Emmet to start a rescue mission, in collaboration with space villain Rex Dangervest (also Pratt) – a cooler, self-satisfied doppelganger of himself – to bring his friends back. But to save the day, he will have to grow up, become real and learn to become a "Master Destroyer" …

After the surprising real-world unveiling at the end of the last film, there was nowhere else for the sequel to embrace that element and weave it more closely – and more immediately – into the plot. And so we get to see many more human brothers and sisters – the now teenage Finn (Jadon Sand) and a more mature Bianca (Brooklyn Prince), who are at war themselves. When the first film was about fathers and sons, it is about brothers and sisters – and the trials of growing up together.

It is an interesting wonder that Finn and Bianca serve as architects with a double story for the LEGO world, especially when it comes to the idea of ​​who the real "villain" is. But it also blurs the narrative waters – resulting in a film that is less streamlined than the first – and which also has less emotional weight. The LEGO movieThe end was one of the great cinematic features of the carpet, but that door is now open; while they are smartly sown, the real shenanigans of the sequel simply do not have the same impact.

But although it is not really groundbreaking, there is plenty to enjoy The LEGO Movie 2. Like the first film, the visual and narrative imagination is boundless, following the LEGO feeling that you can literally build everything you can focus on. Of the Mad Max The atmosphere of Apocalypsburg to the rainbow-tinted series of space, Lord and Miller push their more bizarre ideas this time – and the animators really get on to meet them. More LEGO lines are added to the toolbox – the best new additions are Dangervest & # 39; s Jurassic World– tearing crew of velociraptor companions – while the likeable voice cast is, as always, a game to laugh.

The film also has a lot of gags – especially at the expense of the eponymous features of the big-screen DC Warner Bros, although there are also a few good-hearted pokes at Marvel and Disney. And although some of the supporting characters are a bit too short, Arnett's LEGO Batman steals many of the best lines again – his little feud with LEGO Superman (Channing Tatum) continues to pay comical dividends while his gruff duet with Haddish & # 39; s Watevra Wa- Nabi Gotham City Guys, in which he gives rap references to all of the Batmen present on the screen, which provides him with one of the musical highlights of the film.

So while The LEGO Movie 2 may not feel as fresh as the original, it is still a funny, visually impressive and commendable eccentric follow-up. A word of warning though: as potentially irritating as it may be, the theme function of the film – appropriately titled Catchy numbershall get stuck in your head. After several reprises in the film, there is no brawl …

The Lego Movie 2 is now in British cinemas. You can read the coolest LEGO kits from the movie here.

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