The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Siblings clash in a make-believe world.
“The second Lego Movie is even better than the original,” said Peter Bradshaw in TheGuardian.com. That’s high praise, given the unforeseen brilliance of the 2014 animated comedy. The sequel begins where that movie ended, with a boy being told that he must start sharing his Lego town with his little sister. The Lego figures voiced by Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, and Elizabeth Banks have all returned—and they’re horrified that their beloved Bricksburg has been destroyed by the invasions of the girl’s big, cutesy Duplo figures. The rest is 100 minutes of “ceaselessly inventive pop-culture riffs, eyeball-popping graphics, and a nonstop gag-storm of a screenplay.” The female characters have more to do, said Todd VanDerWerff in Vox.com. Banks’ Wyldstyle is now an equal co-star to Pratt’s chipper Emmet, and Tiffany Haddish creates a complex villain in Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. Unfortunately, the movie’s conceptual brilliance sometimes steals power from the central rescue adventure. Be patient, said Germain Lussier in Gizmodo.com. “Even when you start to guess where things are going, the film surprises you. Then it surprises you again.” ■