Director: Mike Mitchell
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett (VOICES)
Release Date: May 7, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ rejoins our lovable and goofy heroes five years after the devastating events of Taco Tuesday; with their home now facing a terrifying new threat from space that will truly put their friendships and bravery to the test, especially when a group of hero and master builder Emmet’s dearest friends are kidnapped for a ceremony prophesized to be the kicking off point for a terrible apocalyptic event. So gather up the entire family and prepare for another hilarious and splendidly silly adventure with all your favorite characters from the first film, as well as some mysterious new stars in this space-soaring sequel to ‘The Lego Movie’.
‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ is another massively entertaining, amusing and delightfully goofy romp into the world of our favorite Lego figurines that brings back all of your favorite heroes and goofballs along with some new noteworthy characters for a competent sequel that may not quite manage to be as clever or unique as its predecessor, but certainly still does a rather impressive job of keeping things fairly fresh and nearly as hilarious and fun this time around. Directed this time by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Sky High) from a final script once again written by duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who may not return as directors for the sequel, but are clearly still quite involved, and it’s all nicely rounded off with a stellar voice cast that features numerous returning individuals and a few newcomers, including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Charlie Day along with more. While it may not quite manage to reach the levels of outstanding the first film achieved, ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ still delivers plenty of clever laughs and fun to make for a solid sequel that fans of the first film still probably won’t want to miss out on. I would definitely encourage homes with young Lego fans along with anyone who enjoyed the first movie to try and make a point of checking this one out whenever possible. It’s another goofy and hilarious ride the whole family should enjoy.
Overall, ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ is a fun, hilarious and wonderfully over the top good time that delivers plenty of laughs and silly fun, even if it isn’t quite able to duplicate the magic of the first film. ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ is highly recommended for fans of the first film and houses with Lego fans young and old. It may not be quite as remarkable as its predecessor but nonetheless serves up enough fun, laughs and memorable songs to appease audiences of all ages. It’s an altogether enjoyable and frequently hilarious sequel that’s sure to prove well worth a couple hours of your time and the price of a rental at the very least, and should also make a great selection for a family movie night one casual evening.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great as a whole and offers a sharp, detailed and richly colored presentation from start to finish that looks fantastic down to each animated line and suffers no notable faults along the way. It holds up admirably even during the darkly lit, fast moving and/or heavily populated moments throughout, and never causes anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty wonderful high definition video presentation that should have no trouble pleasing the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a crisp, clean and quite aggressive audio presentation throughout that perfectly complements the goofy onscreen fun. It repeatedly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send spacecraft, crowd chatter, along with other various action effects and plenty more throughout the various speakers with regularity, and never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously becoming distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a magnificent Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that repeatedly delivers across the board and sounds outstanding every step of the way.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ includes a number of fun extras that fans of the franchise should enjoy; beginning with two options for how to view the film, either the standard ‘Theatrical Cut’, or in ‘Everything Is Awesome Sing Along’ mode which not only includes onscreen lyrics for the musical segments, but also features bonus quips and catch phrases from Batman, along with onscreen facts, fun games and much more. Other extras included on the release are an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Mike Mitchell, Writers/Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and Animation Director Trisha Gum’, in addition to the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘They Come Pieces: Assembling The Lego Movie 2’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length) which features some behind the scenes footage, plus interviews/comments with the cast and crew, along with more. We are also treated to a collection of ‘Outtakes and Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 12 minutes altogether), ‘Emmet’s Holiday party: A LEGO Movie Short’ (approximately 3 minutes) and the ‘”Super Cool” Official Lyric Version’ Video (3 minutes). Various ‘Promotional Material’ for the movie (approximately 10 minutes combined) is also included which features Ads, Theatrical Advertising Promos, Tie-In’s and more.