The LEGO Movie was fantastic but with Phil Lord and Chris Miller no longer behind the camera for the sequel, excitement for it seems somewhat muted. So, how does the movie compare to that critically?
It’s also better than The LEGO Batman Movie which managed to earn a still very good 90% in 2017.
The score is likely to change in the coming weeks as more reviews will be counted but this is a great start and with Warner Bros. planning a number of early screenings, common sense says we can expect to see the movie become a box office hit next month.
The current Critics Consensus says that “While it isn’t quite as much fun as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an animated all-ages franchise with heart and humor to spare.” That doesn’t sound bad at all and if you’d like to read some actual review excerpts, all you guys have to do is hit the “View List” button below.
But as entertaining as The Lego Movie 2 ends up being — and let’s be clear, it’s still better than 99 percent of its competition — there’s something missing: that white-hot spark of insane creativity and out-of-the-box novelty that made the first Lego Movie such an unexpected, revolutionary surprise. Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so. [B]
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly
Ultimately, though, the movie opts for a story that’s cute but far less complicated. As it swerves to avoid the full-on bittersweetness of a Toy Story sequel, Lego Movie 2 starts to feel more prescriptive about a worldview that could be described as “poptimist”—which is to say, open-minded about how people of all ages have their fun… as long as they’re not too “grimdark.” In the first movie, the theme song “Everything Is Awesome” was both wonderfully catchy and an implicit critique of rigid conformity. Here, it’s a gift to the world that you should really just lighten up and admit you love. The thing is, The Lego Movie 2 is lovable. It doesn’t need to rebuke growing up just to get there.
SOURCE: AV Club
Still, the message part of “The Second Part” comes off somewhat affected, most likely because the team is more focused on trying to be funny. When it comes to finding this movie’s emotional center, the creators quite literally try to reverse-engineer its heart from a handful of multicolored bricks. That gag works, but the rest feels like a calculated move to teach audiences new ways to appreciate the product in what amounts to a really entertaining feature-length commercial.
Although the cast (with Pratt doubling up here, also playing the role of Emmet’s tough-guy, stubble-faced mentor, Rex Dangervest) is energetically up to the challenge, they haven’t been provided with enough of the laugh-out-loud, character-driven opportunities they were given the first time around, especially where Arnett’s brooding, gravelly-voiced Caped Crusader is concerned. Likewise, that trademark, eye-popping digital brickwork seems to have lost much of its dazzling CG snap this time out.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
Like its namesake, The Lego Movie 2 takes everything good about the first film and adds to it. Lord, Miller, Mitchell and their team have cemented this as the kids movie franchise to beat, and they didn’t have to use any glue to do it. [4/5]
SOURCE: Digital Spy
Much like the toys on which the films are based, these are stories about connecting, not just with our loved ones but with ourselves as well. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” is a delightful all-ages adventure with the potential to reach even the most cynical and weary of us. And if you’re toe-tapping your way out thanks to the catchy tunes and vivid imagery, then maybe, just maybe, everything else can be awesome too.
Still, The Second Part’s heart remains in the right place, and that counts for a lot. The ultimate message is one growing kids (and maybe especially boys) need to hear, even if the path to that message gets a little convoluted. The characters are still pleasant to be around, even if we don’t get to explore them as deeply as we did in the last film, and their meta jokes are still funny, even if we’ve heard a lot of them before.
SOURCE: Empire Online
SOURCE: Total Film
Unfortunately, “pointless, despite some solid moments” describes too much of The Lego Movie 2, a film with its heart in the right place, some great gags in its head, and an inability to make anything connect beyond individual jokes or plot points. I had a good time watching it, but I could always see the filmmakers just offscreen, holding up the big table the Legos were scattered across, sweating and straining to keep the whole thing from toppling over.
Like its signature song (which has taken up permanent residence inside my brain), “The Lego Movie 2” is fun and full of energy, but unlike the original, it’s not entirely memorable. Hopefully, its kind message will stick with kids and parents, even if none of the jokes do. [B-]
SOURCE: The Playlist
That The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is even close to as good as the original film is kind of a miracle. But that’s what writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller do. They take impossible situations (like making movies about 21 Jump Street or Lego bricks, and then make sequels to those movies) and make them not just possible, but maybe even a bit profound. They and their team have done it again with The Lego Movie 2, a film that is almost on par with the brilliant original, which is a very worthy achievement indeed.