Written by Shiggins
We currently live in a world where a movie based on an anime, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James freaking Cameron is coming out the same week as a sequel to 2014's The Lego Movie, and yet I wanted to see this more than Alita; Battle Angel! Is that a sign of how much I loved the original Lego Movie, or how much I wasn't interested in Alita? The answer is... yes.
Note: Minor spoilers for Lego Movie 2, but full spoilers for the first. So go watch the first, if you haven't already. If you have watched it before, go watch it again because it's fun!
|I still can't believe a product placement movie franchise is THIS good.|
If you watched the previous movie, which you did before reading this review because you're a smart person who enjoys watching great films, you'll remember that it was revealed at the end that the Lego characters were actually being played with by a real boy who was trying to connect with his father. And in the end, he succeeded but this brought out a new threat in the form of his little sister!
Cleverly, the film builds on that (HA! Build!) and doesn't drop the illusion that this is two kids playing with Lego, which is the right choice because we know what this world is now and it helps to propel the plot, as well as the meaning behind all of it.
|You maniacs! Do you know how much that probably cost?! Lego sets are stupidly priced these days!|
|"Reach for the sky!" Whoops! Wrong toy franchise.|
The best new character of the film is Rex Dangervest, also voiced by Chris Pratt. Unlike Emmett, Rex is a tough space-badass who travels around in a punch-spaceship and is exactly the type of man Emmett seeks to be so he can save everyone. The most noticeable element about Rex is that he's clearly an amalgamation and parody of all of Chris Pratt's overcompensating roles, such as being a raptor trainer in Jurassic World, a cowboy in Magnificent Seven, a guardian of the galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy etc, and it works as both a standalone joke for the character and a part of the overall story. Some of the most enjoyable scenes are just watching Chris Pratt talk to himself, and I'm almost surprised that doesn't literally happen at one point considering the meta moments here.
|So... does this mean Pratt is aware of how ridiculous his movie roles have gotten lately?|
Oh yeah, the film is a musical! At least, whenever we're in the Systar System. If you thought Everything is Awesome was the best earworm they could make, then the Lego Movie 2 laughs at you and kicks it up a notch with "Catchy Song". Every song in this is memorable, fun and full of colour, with the animation wonderfully creative throughout as it moves and flows like you would expect a Lego movie to do. I never realised how perfect a Lego musical movie would be, but this film gives me what I should have wanted all along.
|Well, comic-con. There's your new cosplay challenge! It doesn't get better than this.|
The comedy is still strong, but there are some more glaring faults than before. I laughed, a lot, but there were more times than before when I went "huh.." instead of "haha!". (I'm keeping it simple for the kids that might be reading this crap I spew out.) Most of the jokes definitely land, and the wit on display is usually inspired, but the comparison to the previous film means that the moments that don't land, such as an extraordinarily unfunny banana character, are more glaring. Again though, this is probably a nitpick by comparison to many other animated movies out there.
|I just realised I look like Benny... Well, that's distur-SPACESHIP!|
And trust me, that song's gonna get stuck inside your he-e-e-ead!
Movie Rating: 8.5/10
Best Performance: Chris Pratt as Emmett Brickowski and Rex Dangervest.
Best Part: Musical numbers.
Worst Part: A few lame jokes.
|I'm completely on-board for a Lego Justice League movie now. (Would definitely be better than the other JL we got...)|
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