LEGO MOVIE 2 REVIEW
Lego is an institution. It is also an invaluable teaching tool with kids of all ages and abilities. In the last few years, the brand branched into animation and gave us a truly ‘awesome’ first film. Now, we have a sequel. It is a fun, family friendly film. It’s not ground-breakingly brilliant by any means. But it is entertaining and endearing and should fill some nice half term time with the kids.
- Chris Pratt is just as funny and engaging in animation as he is as a real world leading man.
- There are some catchy songs and simple yet effective morality lessons on friendship, community, maturity and being yourself.
- BATMAN is HILARIOUS and as ever, captures the essence of the character’s lore and tropes; at once sending them up and genuinely providing food for thought among dedicated Bat-Fans.
- Lord and Miller, as writers, clearly ‘get’ the appeal of the bricks and the world these animations inhabit.
- There are some genuinely tense moments and clever twists and turns.
NOT SO GOOD?
- They break the 4th wall when explaining why Marvel characters are not in the mix. Fine, except that this simply draws one attentions to the limitations here in a universe that otherwise prides itself on transcending copyright barriers and uniting disparate franchises. See also: READY PLAYER ONE last year. A missed opp for a pop culture festival on screen!
- The first movie was anti-capitalist greed. And yet here? There is a scene that endorses the consumerist American dream, whereby having endless Lego / other toys is of course reflective of responsibilities, unspoiled, among kids, yet nonetheless implicitly endorses privilege.
- There is some overlap with Toy Story here (a series which I know many love yet which I have always loathed, along with much of the modern aesthetic of 3-D animation and the knowing nods and winks that come with that territory since Shrek and the like).
- Difficult to know the place for this in a market now saturated by live action remakes of Disney classics (there was an accompanying trailer for DUMBO: Make it stop, please!).
- Rubs salt in the wound of Lord and Miller leaving the SOLO project. There are scenes here that show how well they understand the Han Solo /Harrison Ford appeal and equally the limitations of following that template as actor / writer / fan. Blink and you’ll miss it, but the references are ‘there’: notably the idea of Pratt playing an ‘archaeologist’ with hat /whip in Lego counterpart. Oh what might have been!
ALL IN ALL:
It’s a recommend! By no means a classic and not as distinctive as the first film. But families should enjoy this as there is something for everyone. A third movie would be by no means unwelcome. GRADE B.
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