The LEGO MOVIE 2 Goes Beyond the Basement
posted by: Gretchen White
If you have been a parent long enough to have LEGO in the house, I guarantee you have had the torturous experience of stepping on a brick with your bare foot. Everyone has done it. You can relate to eye-crossing pain followed closely by frustration over knowing your child left them sprinkled around.
This is the beauty of the LEGO movie franchise. Relatable moments stack and click together into a colorful, crazy, lovely ode to family dynamics. LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part picks up right where the first film ended. It doesn’t miss a beat as the then-unseen Little Sister invades with her DUPLO. What destruction is rained down on the gang who just saved the world from Lord Business?
Flash forward five years to a bleak landscape resembling something straight out of Mad Max. As expected, this new “heck-ish” reality has zero effect on Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt). His infectious optimism is a joy to watch set against the comically tough backdrop. Emmet continually perplexes the brooding Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), just as it does in the first LEGO MOVIE.
In the first movie, we are given hints the characters are being controlled by real people. Knowing this, viewers go into the second movie ready for more insight into the family itself. The universe Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, UniKitty, Metalbeard, and countless other minifigs inhabit is directly impacted by what is happening in the family as the kids grow older. When bad things happen in the human realm, bad things happen to Emmet and friends.
The Minifigs are challenged by a mysterious threat from the Systar System. Everything is not awesome. It appears everyone but Emmet, Wyldstyle, and a brash newcomer named Rex Dangervest are some of the few minifigs who have not been kidnapped and brainwashed by the hilariously bizarre, over-the-top, and honest to a fault Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish).
She morphs into countless forms, from horse to monster to squid to, well, whatever she wants to be. The Queen’s nature is explained in a highly entertaining song called “Not Evil”. Is she good? Is she evil? Is she insane? One clue: She has decided she is going to marry the reluctant Batman (Will Arnett) in a lavish ceremony that could bring about the Momegeddon.
All this zany action is a symptom of what is going on beyond the basement door. The fate of Emmet and the rest of the LEGO world hinges on the hope of sibling peace and cooperation. Will Ferrell returns as the dad. The mom is a fun surprise who provides the perfect spirit of calm competence.
Like the LEGO movies that have come before this latest offering, The LEGO MOVIE 2 overflows with creative detail, quirky cameos, visual gags, and winking references to pop culture and history. It never takes itself too seriously, zigging and zagging like a child’s mind from one charming idea to the next. It’s cute, crafty, and more complex than you’d expect.
The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part opens on Friday, February 8th. It is rated PG. Directed by Mike Mitchell, screenplay by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, produced by Warner Bros. and Warner Animation Group, and in association with LEGO Systems A/S.