The LEGO Movie 2 (U)

Five years have passed since we met our hero Emmett Brickowski and the other residents of Brickburg, and everything *isn’t* awesome.

Following the success of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie comes the third instalment by the screenwriting duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

The LEGO Movie 2 reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in another action-packed adventure to save their beloved city from a new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, creating chaos at every opportunity and leaving the city in ruins. Their Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

While Emmett (Chris Pratt) refuses to admit that anything is anything other than awesome, Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends are left living in a Mad Max: Fury Road-esque dystopian nightmare aka Apocalypseburg.

Eventually Emmett realises that something isn’t quite right and joins the gang on a quest to restore order. They travel to faraway worlds and even join in on a musical number or two along the way. Their mission will be hard and test their courage, teamwork and Master Building skills. Are they still as special as they thought? Only time will tell.

They must work together to avoid banishment to the Bin of Storage pronounced “store-ahge”.

The animation in the movie is so incredibly detailed and the moral messages of standing up for what you believe in, but also accepting change are sweet. However, a catchy tune here and there, and they are extremely catchy, won’t win me over this time.

My issue with The LEGO Movie 2 is that it includes a lot of adult themes. For example, a Mad Max: Fury Road setting isn’t really the best fit for children. Yes, the grenades are shown as smiling pink hearts that explode into pink fluffy clouds, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re grenades. There’s always been hints of adult humour in this franchise, but for me this took it too far.

The narrative is also so all over the shop that you feel like you’re on a merry-go-round trying and failing to focus on one thing.

So, there you are, everything isn’t awesome.

By Ruth Walker

★★☆☆☆

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