The ever happy-go-lucky Emmet Birckowski (Chris Pratt) returns in another brickathon adventure with the same writing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller but this time leaving the direction to Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Deuce Bigalow; Male Gigolo). Following on from the end of Part One with aliens from planet Duplex invading their world. The world has been ravaged by war and become a world hanging on in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland. But that still doesn’t put a dent into Emmet’s sense of positivity, even when his girlfriend Lucy/Wildstyle (Elisabeth Banks) is brooding and keeping a watchful eye upon another alien invasion and is trying to get Emmet to see the world through her eyes. Before either can imprint their own outlook on life on each other, an alien visitor kidnaps Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett) and some of their friends and taken through the stair-gate. Emmet goes to rescue them from the mysterious force but also from a prophecy he has only seen in his head. Upon his quest going through the stair gate, he is rescued by the uber rough and tough Rex Dangervest (also Chris Pratt) and his band of multi-skilled raptors. As Emmet learns to toughen up his act, Lucy tries to escape from the ever morphing and nefarious sounding Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) who has grand plans to add some glitter and glam to her new hostages.
Sequels are never an easy task especially when having to live up to a break out success. The mystery of the world and characters are already established and the creators are often under the directive by the money men to create something ‘different but the same‘. And The Lego Movie 2 fits that model to a T by continuing with the same central characters, with the same lush visuals and overly manufactured pop songs. Albeit this movie has a stronger sense of female voices being heard in the film. Potentially as a response to Hollywood wising up to it’s systemic misogyny or to convey that Lego are not just toys for boys. The Lego Movies have built their franchise on the strength of the wit of the writing and this holds up just as strong. There are intertextual references galore and whilst it keeps the adults chuckling and the visuals keep the kiddies eyes glued there’s not quite the emotion that is needed to really take it to a level that Toy Story has reached. The Lego Movie 2 is another enjoyable ride but you just might leave wishing you had experienced something that felt a bit new.