The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Review

So I’ve just spent the last three hours trying to think of a clever, funny, witty way of saying “uhhhhhhhhh.”

Or, if my boss is reading, I’ve just spent the last three hours typing up my notes about the meeting we just had in time for the next meeting about the meeting to be held after that in which someone might possibly consider consider the possibility of maybe one day imagining a possibly moderately effective solution to suggest to out client which they will immediately ignore in favor of THEIR utterly useless solution which we rejected two meetings ago.

The sooner ‘society’ descends into Mad Max the happier i’m going to be.

And whilst I’ve been siting their taking notes that no-one will ever read, I’ve also been struggling to find a way to pad “The Lego Movie 2 is very funny, very well done film with a perfectly adequate cast but I just simply didn’t take to it very much.”

160 words…. all done… pub?

Maybe I should clarify my statement.

Did you ever watch Wall-E and think that it should have stopped at the half way point so we didn’t have to deal with  the slight downgrade in quality that was all that stuff on the spaceship? It’s the same deal here.

Set a few years after the events of the first film, we start off in a post apocalyptic world before becoming an outer-space musical with a ticking clock to the end of the universe, an absolutely, defiantly not evil queen (she sings about how she’s not evil and no-one ever lies in songs), there’s a marriage that probably should be stopped, Batman is still the best character and the whole things gone a bit meta.

Now, that sounds really cool, right?

Except it isn’t.

My wife slept through thirty minutes of it and she hasn’t done that since Fan4stic! It’s not that the film does anything wrong per se, it’s just that well… I hate the twist from the first film. There’s a reason that the Lego Batman movie is the best one of the franchise (and arguable the best Batman movie of all time- You. Heard. Me.) Not only is it fast moving and funny, but it ignored the whole ‘this is just taking place in some guys basement’ nonsense that limits the whole franchise.

It’s a twist that limits what can be done and also, it makes some of the things that happen later on in the film… well… they seem to break the rules of this universe unless this universe shares space with the Toy Story lot. Without the twist and ‘real word’ setting then I think this film could have done a lot more with the toy box of wonders that it has.

Aside from that, the film made me laugh a lot, it was very inventive, the plot had a few pretty cool twists and I was never bored but I wasn’t terribly engaged either. It reminded me of a story from back in the ’70’s  regarding Easy Rider. Basically the suits had no idea why it became this big cultural touchstone that made them loads of money, awards and critical acclaim so for the next movie they just gave him loads of money and let him get on with it because clearly this guy was didn’t need an adult watching over him and in exchange they got…. The Last Movie, widely regarded as one of the worst films of all time and a shoot so mad that the FBI had to go and keep an eye on the cast and crew. And this feels a lot like that except the Lego Movie 2 is still pretty good. And the FBI wasn’t called in to watch anyone  involved with this film.

As far as I know.

The fact o the matter is that when the Lego Movie was announced, people generally thought it was the worst thing to happen to pop culture since they cancelled Firefly but it turned out to be so good that people were legitimately annoyed when it wasn’t nominated for the Best Animated Oscar! And it made tons of money as well so, yeah, why wouldn’t the suits just leave the money in a bag and let the children play? Except they needed an adult in the background. There is such a thing as too may meta jokes you know.

At the end of the day, I get why people love this film, I WANT to love this film but I just can’t quite. I like the songs, I like the fast pace, 80% of the jokes, hell, even the celebrity voice cast were… tolerable, the plot was really good… but maybe if the team involved was even slightly restrained it would have been a better experience for me.

At the end of the day, (me tying myself in knots aside) this is a very good film, everyone else in my audience seemed to be having fun (although some of the smaller kids were getting a bit fidgety towards the end), this is the best kids film out now or in the not too distant future, hell, I’m looking forward to what they do with this universe (assuming they drop the humans completely). But, for me, it just didn’t quite click.

And I’ll be damned if I know why.

My Score- If Nothing Else 

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