Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Animated movies are a tough sell for some adults.
So are sequels. So an
animated sequel has two strikes against it already, right?
No. This one works
because it's stand-alone; it doesn't depend on your having viewed any
previous versions. But mostly
because it's just plain fun.
Of course, it helps a lot if you keep up with pop culture.
For instance, there's a Lego Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, and
sometime during the movie they manage to reference several of the actors
who have attempted to play Batman, including George Clooney, Ben Affleck,
Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Adam West---and probably
several other names flew by that I didn't catch.
The dialogue is so rapid-fire that you have to “listen quick”
to keep up.
Despite a heavy-sounding plot, the humor is constant, so the mood
never gets very dark. Our main
characters, Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) find themselves
confronted by “alien” lego creatures.
Emmet tries to communicate peacefully, but the “aliens” start
devouring every lego in sight, and now it's a war.
Meanwhile, we have “real life” characters, Finn (Jadon Sand)
and Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) who seem to be fighting over the lego sets,
with their “real life” Mom, Maya Rudolph, warning them that if she has
to come in there again, she's going to make them dismantle both sets, and
store them in the basement.
Lucy and some of her friends get “abducted” by the aliens, and
Emmet's on a search and rescue mission, except his traveling companion
seems to be the more ornery side of himself.
It's a “light” version of the old Star Wars gambit of the main
characters struggling against their own Dark Side.
The lesson for children is very clear---you can choose to open your
heart, that is, cooperate and trust, or you can choose to close yourself
off from others, and revel in your self-sufficiency.
But being mean can make you lonely.
So, here's an animated kid's movie that has plenty of witticisms to
amuse the adults, and some life lessons that will please the parents.
It's fast-paced, but lighthearted, and definitely suitable for the