The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a computer-animated adventure comedy directed by Mike Mitchell, with a screenplay written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and a story by Lord, Miller and Matthew Fogel. The film is a direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014) and features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Will Ferrell, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph.
The film picks up directly after the first film with the Duplo alien invaders arriving in Bricksburg. Emmet (Chris Pratt) attempts a peace offering in the form of a Lego heart but the creatures destroy it and seemingly declare war on Bricksburg.
Flash forward five years and Emmet and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) are living in the apocalyptic wasteland that used to be Bricksburg, called Apocalypseburg, with all their friends having become hardened as a result of the ordeal. Emmet remains upbeat but is troubled by dreams of an impending ‘Our-Mom-Ageddon’.
During one of the alien attacks on Apocalypseburg, General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) manages to kidnap Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Benny (Charlie Day) and MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and takes them to the Systar System.
Emmet is determined to rescue his friends and on his way to the Systar System runs into intergalactic hero Rex Dangervest (Pratt), who agrees to help Emmet grow up and learn how to be tough. Meanwhile, Lucy and the others are brought to meet Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), ruler of the Systar System, who wants to marry Batman. She attempts to win over the group but Lucy remains suspicious of her and believes if the marriage ceremony goes ahead it will lead to Emmet’s dreams coming true.
With Emmet and Rex attempting to rescue the group and Lucy trying to stop her friends from being brainwashed by the Queen, will the team be able to save the day?
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to pen the script with Mike Mitchell taking up directing duties. The script is full of Lord and Miller’s trademark humour, with plenty of jokes for both the adults and kids, and a strong theme which tells of the struggle between growing up and keeping a childlike innocence. This is played out through Emmet as he attempts to change his optimistic personality to fit in with his new friends.
All the characters are perfectly voiced again, including the new additions, with Chris Pratt doing an excellent job at portraying both Emmet and Rex.
The Lego Movie 2 is lots of fun with the nonstop use of Lego vehicles, tools and imaginative brickwork, fun cameos and a talented voice cast. It tackles more mature themes than the first film but still manages to maintain the innocence and humour of the original.
Though there are no post-credit scenes to hint at a third film it does have a credit sequence that is definitely worth staying to watch which includes a new song by The Lonely Island, Beck and Robyn called ‘Super Cool’ and lots of visual gags that all fans will love!