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THIS WEEK: A short take on THE LEGO MOVIE 2 with the Pro, Con and things that make you say “WTH?” I’ll make it quick so you can drive to the theater–or crawl to your easy chair.
It’s been five years since everything was awesome in Bricksburg: now everything is dystopian and dark—except for always-awesome Emmett Brickowski of course. That’s ’cause the LEGO Duplo toys (for little kids) has invaded the hometown (and caused the disappearance of The Justice League). Now Emmett, gal-pal-really-the-hero Lucy/Wyldestyle, LEGO Batman, Unikitty/Ultrakitty, MetalBeard, Benny and the gang, along with a mystery swashbuckler from the future, must prevent Ourmomageddon and bring back the awesomeness as the two live-action siblings behind the action must also learn to play nice.
Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller with story by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Matthew Fogel. Directed by Mike Mitchell.
- Great cast (Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, etc.) is back plus nice additions (Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Jonah Hill and even Jason Mamoa cameos as new Aquaman); great animation (again), tons of explosions, action, impossible situations, in-jokes, puns and just regular jokes; and the Duplo kid-monsters have the most adorable voices.
- Pace is faster than ever, so you’ll miss some dialog and gags and probably plot points; story too complicated for the type of film it is; a bit too long; no button after the credits (but there is some stuff during the main roll); again no Marvel characters (but at least it’s mentioned this time); some of the live-action footage seems like a stretch and/or TOY STORY-derivative (but with a twisted twist at least).
- Glitter Batman in white? LEGO Gandalf? Raptors in space? Time travel under the dryer? If you take drugs before watching, this may make parts of your head explode.
Of the four LEGO flicks, I’d rank this third. That said, If you’ve seen the other three in the theater, this is still worth a matinee on a rainy day. But it might be better on demand so you can pause and rewind to catch your breath and the background gags (lots of other pop culture characters) and what dialog you may miss while giggling or pointing out easter eggs.
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