With THE LEGO MOVIE 2 The fourth film from the successful LEGO universe is coming to cinemas and does a lot better than the first. What exactly and why the story steals the show from creativity this time is revealed in our review.
The Plot Summary
In the fight against the invaders from the planet Duplo and for harmony in the LEGO universe, Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends have failed. In the once so lively city, no stone is left unturned. Instead, the characters now have to get around in Apocalypstadt and fight for their survival every day. When invaders suddenly appear here too, the group sets off into distant, unexplored worlds like the galaxy, which is full of fantastic planets, strange characters and memorable new songs. The heroes must use all their courage, creativity and skills as master builders to prove once again what they are really made of. But Queen Whatevershewilli turns out to be the greatest opponent in LEGO history…
Movie explanation of the ending
In 2014, the directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“22 Jump Street”) a real pioneering work with “The LEGO Movie”. So-called brick films, a kind of stop-motion production made from LEGO bricks, had already existed more frequently. But their simply titled “LEGO Movie” only pretended to be this way, but in reality it was created entirely on the computer. Nevertheless, the illusion was perfect and at least when it came to creative variety and humor, Lord and Miller were able to make the most of it. One actually had the feeling that the makers had no limits at the time, which is why “The LEGO Movie” was not just a brightly colored family adventure, but was also able to appeal to a much older target group thanks to the live-action meta level and various pop culture references . Afterwards, the filmmakers were even trusted to create the “Star Wars” spin-off “Solo”; a story full of creative differences, at the end of which the project was taken away from the gentlemen. However, the two seem to have recovered from this ultimate low blow. There is at least no sign of any creative idleness in your script for “The LEGO Movie 2”; on the contrary. Under the direction of experienced animation director Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) A sequel was created that outshines all previous LEGO films (i.e. the first part and the two spin-offs “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “LEGO Ninjago”).
Emmet faces every challenge with motivation.
When “The LEGO Movie” was only nominated for Best Song at the 2015 Oscars and not also for the almost certain “Best Animated Film” category, there was a rare high (and above all negative) response. At the Golden Globes and other indicator awards, Lords and Miller’s renewed foray into the animated film genre (after “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” 1 and 2) was recognized, but of all things the The ultimate Hollywood film award punished the token adventure with rejection. At first glance it’s a disgrace, but at second glance, especially given the year of publication, it’s less so. Although “The LEGO Movie” cannot be denied its creative diversity and play with narrative levels, the story itself always fell short of its potential. “The LEGO Movie” is about how anyone can be a hero, even if, like main character Emmett, they’re just an average guy. Told against the background of common family film conventions in which such “You just have to believe in yourself, then you can do anything!”-Message is common practice, “The LEGO Movie” did not stand out from the crowd of animated films apart from its staging. And so it’s hardly surprising that it wasn’t even enough for a nomination at the Academy Awards, while the self-deprecating catchy tune “Everything is Awsome” deservedly received this recognition as a parody of every kind of feel-good radio pop.
Although at first glance “The LEGO Movie 2” is not that different from the first part, as this time it is also about Emmett and his friends having to save their (now destroyed) world against a superior force from outside, that is the message Much cleverer and more complex in detail than at the start. This is mainly because for a long time you have no idea what the story is actually going for. It seems completely self-evident who is the good guy and who is the bad guy and what kind of showdown the film is heading towards. But all of this ultimately turns out to be a fallacy in the final third. We don’t want to go into too much detail at this point, but we can reveal this much: The authors lead the viewer unnoticed for a long time, so that they finally manage to come up with a twist that no one will understand , even if he thinks that our lines will give him more insight into it if he only pays close attention. In order to achieve this, the makers specifically play with expectations and take advantage of the fact that the adult “LEGO Movie” target group in particular is aware of the functionality of the dramaturgy and character constellation. In “The LEGO Movie 2”, however, unwritten film laws play no role – and so the talk of immeasurable creativity, which in the previous films was mainly applicable to the production design, is now finally transferred to the story. At the latest, even such a mainstream franchise will say goodbye to the family film sector completely, without still providing all sorts of services for the little ones.
Queen Whateversiewilli is a damn unconventional villain who doesn’t let herself be played by her cards.
Quite apart from the fact that it is once again the visual concept of moving LEGO figures in a world made entirely of LEGO bricks that will make children’s eyes light up, “The LEGO Movie 2” is largely a film for Creative people about the limitlessness of creativity – and this can be expressed better together than alone. This message is also underlined by the narrative part in the real world that is integrated right from the start; In contrast to the first part, it is no longer a twist that the animated adventures are actually controlled by children. This time it’s instead a fight between two siblings playing together, which also threatens to (destroy) the balance in the LEGO world. Since the children have gotten older since part one, some of the gags also take a leap forward in maturity. This time the boy can quote from action films and well-known dinosaur franchises (the latter is of course particularly funny in view of the original voice actor Chris Pratt), while his sister incorporates her love of glitter, vampires and glitter vampires into her game. In addition, this time there are several songs that are guaranteed to be catchy and anyone who previously thought that the LEGO universe only consisted of building blocks and small yellow figures will be proven wrong by the makers when they also look at the toy spin-offs of the Danish toy giant.
Conclusion: “The LEGO Movie 2” exploits the potential that the first part fell by the wayside. In addition to immeasurable creative diversity and another extremely high density of gags, this time it is above all the smart story that ensures that this is already a first contender for the title of “Best Animated Film 2019”.
“The LEGO Movie 2” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from February 7th.