So I think it has to be said early on, and without any hesitancy, that 2014’s The Lego Movie was one of my favorite films of the year. It brought humor. It brought incredible design. But better yet? It felt absolutely original. The fact that the movie had a beautiful story, awesome soundtrack, AND an amazing script? I mean cmon, what more do we want in an animated film? Well, that’s just the thing; we want more of that. We need animated films like Inside Out and Wreck-It-Ralph and The Lego Movie to come along and really shake things up in the genre that is “popular” animated film. So did LEGO 2 make that mark? No, no I don’t think so. But, I have several reasons why.
LEGO 2 comes out of the gate just as pretty as it’s predecessor with off the wall visuals and the always awesome Chris Pratt as the film’s still protagonist, Emmet. While the sequel loses the talents of Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson respectively, it most definitely doesn’t suffer in terms of dialogue from Elizabeth Banks and the almost too talkative Will Arnett (love hate relationship with this guy). It does a fantastic job of bringing something so vibrant, and so ridiculously colorful that I couldn’t imagine a single child in the theater wasn’t grinning ear to ear; but sadly, this one did all-too-little for the adults I saw in the room. See, what I think happened to LEGO 2 is what I’ve called “The Hangover” formula. You make a movie that feels amazingly fresh, and undeniably classic; and then you’re stuck following up to it. So, what do they do? They make a sequel. They make a sequel with a plot almost scarily similar to the original. They take little risk, they stick to what worked, and they just do more of it (looking at you, Michael Bay). But more often than not, this leaves LEGO 2 feeling stale. It left it feeling uneventful, and just simply not as entertaining as Part 1. THIS is what I feel Phil Lord and Christopher Miller may have done here for round 2- let’s go with more of what we think worked, even if it means a little too much “Awesome”. Alright Peep, so is it a bad movie? No, I don’t think so. Is it anywhere near as good or as enticing as its original? Nope. It sure isn’t.
Anyways, thank you guys as always for reading.
Peep, out 👋🏼