The LEGO Movie 2 aka Is Everything Still Awesome?

We at The Film Club would like to welcome you all to our inaugural Film of the Month, this month featuring The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. We invite you to get involved and have your say on our monthly picks. Haven’t seen it? Then what are you waiting for?! Get those tickets booked before it leaves the cinema – have a swell old time with your pals, and then head back here and tell us what you thought. Disagree with what we have to say? Great! Tell us your thoughts. That difference of opinion is what makes film such an interesting art form. That and helping us to keep the lights on.

Now on with the MAIN EVENT!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Five years ago, The Lego Movie exploded into cinemas like a cannon ball filled with dayglo colours, witty dialogue, a big bag of feels and a tonne of little plastic bricks. Now after two spin-offs (both Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago were released in 2017) we return to Bricksburg, home of Emmet and his merry band of awesome friends, including Benny, Unikitty, Captain MetalBeard, Batman – when he isn’t off protecting Gotham – and of course his beau, Lucy, otherwise known as the more kick-ass Wyldstyle.

The original ended as an alliance was formed between the inhabitants of Bricksburg and its nefarious President Business, brilliantly conveyed as a young boy’s interpretation of the power struggle between father and son for the sprawling Lego metropolis built in the basement; a toy for one, passion project for the other. All is well, until the boy’s infant sister is invited to join the fun – or, as it is referred to back on Bricksburg, the Duplo Invasion.

When a piece offering from Emmet is rejected, the war begins, resulting in Bricksburg constantly being destroyed faster than it can be rebuilt. Five years pass, and as the children age, so does Bricksburg eventually decay, becoming the Mad Maxesque Apocalypseburg, a desolate wasteland devoid of all hope – for all but Emmet of course, who still manages to maintain his cheery disposition, much to the chagrin of Wyldstyle, who just wants him to toughen up and face reality.

That reality is soon forced upon him with the sudden appearance of General Sweet Mayhem, head of the Duplo army, who captures Emmet’s five best friends, and whisks them away to the Systar System to attend an event to be held by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish).

Emmet tries and fails to rally the remainder of Apocalypseburg to help him in tracking down his missing buddies, so is forced to go it alone. He rebuilds his dream home into an intergalactic spaceship, and sets off on his heroic adventure.

On his travels he meets Rex Dangervest (also played by Pratt, this time channelling his inner Kurt Russell), a cooler, gruffer, more fearless version of the hapless hero. They set off on a mission together to stop Queen Watevra’s sinister plan, rescue his friends and prove to Lucy that Emmet can be the man she wants him to be.

As with the original, the film is stuffed full of film pop culture references, almost at a blink and you’ll miss them pace. Highlights include Dangervest describing himself as a ‘galaxy defending archaeologist, cowboy, raptor trainer’ referencing Pratt’s illustrious CV. Even his crew are all velociraptors.

One of the most telling changes between this and the original is the padded-out characterisation for Wyldstyle, voiced once again by Elizabeth Banks. Her depiction from the original is touched upon by a confused General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz), who struggles to understand why ‘hapless male’ Emmet is considered the heroic leader when Wyldstyle is tougher, smarter, and generally all round better.

Full of brilliantly sharp dialogue, the film also has a very sweet under core about the struggles of adolescence, growing up, and sibling relationships bereft of communication. Even though it doesn’t try to hide exactly where it’s heading, you’ll still want it to take you there, and when it does it more than delivers on it’s promises. Because, after all, everything is awesome.

So now tell us, what did you think? Was it a worthy sequel? Did it capture your imagination and grab you by the feels? Does it make you want to go out and build Lego cities with your brother or sister?

Go check out The LEGO Movie 2, in cinemas now.