THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – the Sandbox review

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Title: THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

MPAA Rating: PG

Directors: Mike Mitchell with animation direction by Trisha Gum

Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Maya Rudolph

Runtime:  1 hours 47 minutes

Release date: February 8th, 2019 (USA)


What It Is:  The sequel to 2014’s THE LEGO MOVIE, this movie takes place five years after the events in the first movie. Bricksburg has been destroyed due to numerous invasions from Duplos. But just as Emmet (Pratt) attempts to broker piece, a new threat arises and kidnaps Batman (Arnett), Lucy (Banks), Benny (Day), Metalbeard (Offerman), and Unikitty (Brie). Emmet once again must step up and save the day, somehow.

What We Think:  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and from the general audience noise, they did as well. The movie had lots of parts that kids will like, as well as a good moral / message for them. Parents who go to the movie with their kids will probably also like the movie, as there were lots of references that kids may or may not get (Bruce Willis, the pain of stepping barefoot on a LEGO, etc).

The main antagonist in the movie was voiced by (the very busy) Tiffany Haddish (as Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, the Queen of the Systar System), and she did a great job bringing a bunch of LEGO pieces to life with her voice talent as did Beatriz in the role of General Sweet Mayhem.

The movie had “cameos” from various other characters including DC characters (most of the Justice League), Gandalf from LORD OF THE RINGS, as well some notable real life figures.

Our Grade: 4/5. The script that the duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who co-wrote and directed the first movie) put together was terrific, was the soundtrack put together by Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame).

The soundtrack includes a remix of Everything is Awesome from the first movie, Kickstart My Heart from Mötley Crüe as well as a song that may get stuck inside your head thanks to the repeated phrase of “This song is gonna get stuck inside your head.”

The new earworm song played in the theater I was at over and over in a 30 second clip for 35 minutes before the movie started. When the movie finally began and that song clip stopped, the audience applauded.



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