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The Lego Movie 2 28 December 2020

2019, dir. Mike Mitchell/Trisha Gum, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks: IMDb / allmovie

The peace of Brickville is shattered by invaders from Duplo.

Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this. If what you want is undemanding entertainment with things that go whoosh and boom… yeah, but surely you'll still notice when they go so far as to hang a lampshade on the shortcomings of the plot?

General Mayhem: This guy was a fierce warrior?

Wyldstyle: Okay, well, technically, I did the warrior stuff, but…

General Mayhem: So you fought, and master built, and kicked butt, and then the hapless male was the leader.

Wyldstyle: He, uh… Well…

Yeah, that's the way it was. And that's the way it will be again: Designated Hero Emmett is handed super cosmic power, and does whatever someone else tells him to do with it. Eventually he listens to someone who's been on the side of good all along, and yay he's a great hero again now so the story can end. Meanwhile his girlfriend is tired of his constant sunny optimism and tells him to grow up a bit, and then when he does that in the most clichéd possible way she changes her mind. Women, huh?

And there's rather more live-action than before, and those characters are even thinner than the plastic ones, especially Maya Rudolph as Fun-Police Mom.

Visually it's great fun, but it's all in service of this desperately bland narrative that's keen to have you cheering for the guy who destroyed the universe because his poor manwy feewings were hurt. (Someone else fixed it.) And the "Catchy Song" naturally fails to be at all catchy, or even memorable; "Not Evil" does a much better job.

I didn't love the first film but it definitely had its moments. This felt to me like retread that fails to understand what was good about the first film, even though it had the same scriptwriters; it's all too reminiscent of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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See also:
Ralph Breaks the Internet

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