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After watching the utterly bad Cold Pursuit today, I decided that I need to rinse myself off of that garbage with some good old children's animation.
I'm not great at writing introductions, but you're not here to read that. Here is my review.
Here We Go
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is an animated adventure comedy written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) and directed by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Shrek Forever After).
It is a sequel to the 2014 film, The Lego Movie, and stars Chris Pratt as Emmett, a Lego construction worker who must save his friends after they are kidnapped by a set of Duplo bricks five years after the end of the first film.
Man, this movie was great! I thought it was about the same amount of awesome as the original film. This is a hilarious film that your children are gonna watch and love.
First, I want to praise Chris Pratt in this film. I think he's a great actor and in this film, he voices two characters: Emmett and Rex. Emmett is essentially supposed to be Pratt's comedic persona, and Rex is Pratt's sci-fi/action hero persona, which I thought was hilarious and brilliant.
Rex is pretty much an amalgamation of Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy and Owen Grady from Jurassic World, and I thought it was really funny how they referenced the shift in Pratt's acting roles.
There's also a fair amount of pop culture references that older moviegoers will understand. They were hilariously incorporated in the film, and I found myself laughing even MORE than the children sitting next to me. This movie was absolutely hilarious.
The story was also very good. I think this is one of the better animated sequels I've seen, because I was worried that this movie would be the new Ralph Breaks the Internet, and they would just want to expand the Lego universe to the point where nothing in the film makes any logical sense.
But I was pleasantly surprised. The jokes in this film are fresh and funny, the story makes a lot of sense, and I love what this movie did with the characters.
Whatever you do, DO NOT look up the cast of this film online. Because there's a cameo appearance by one of my favorite actors and when he/she showed up, none of the children understood it, but I was laughing my ass off for the next full minute.
Mike Mitchell directs the animated movie very well. This is a wonderfully animated movie that I had a blast watching. All of the voice performances were top-notch, and it was just an incredible experience.
How does it compare to the original? For me, they're neck and neck. I like the first one a tiny bit better but sequels don't get much better than this. Lord and Miller prove once again that they know how to write a damn good sequel.
And if you're as much of a fan of 22 Jump Street as I am, you'll know that Lord and Miller like to make their credits entertaining. The credits of this movie made me not want to leave the theater. They were great.
This is a movie that knows how to poke fun of itself and at its predecessor, and there are a good amount of real-world references in the film, which I enjoyed quite a lot.
My problems with the movie? Sometimes, I felt like the movie was just filled with too many jokes, and at times, I wanted them to slow down and have a pure dramatic moment so that I could feel the emotional weight of a scene, but the comedy pretty much never stopped.
I also feel like this movie might have a few too many musical numbers, but it wasn't that bad to me. It's a great comedy sequel that may not be as great as the original, but stands alone as a well-written sequel that I had a blast watching.
I'm gonna give 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' an 8.9/10.
But the biggest thing that was missing from this movie was Liam Neeson's character of Good Cop/Bad Cop. He was my favorite part of the original film, and it was sad to see that he didn't at least have a cameo in this movie.
I hope they bring him back. Because I would have much rather watched Neeson play Good Cop/Bad Cop in this movie than watch him in Cold Pursuit. Jesus, I hated that movie.
Thanks so much for reading.