Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Arturo Castro
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Animated action adventure sequel directed by Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is set five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them 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 strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
Duplo: We are from the planet Duplo, and we are here to destroy you.
Emmet Brickowoski: Oh, man!
Lucy: You’re going to have to get past us.
Batman: Specifically me.
Unikitty: Oh, it’s on!
Emmet Brickowoski: Wait, guys. There’s no need to fight anymore. I got this.
Lucy: Yeah, I don’t think that’s a good idea.
Emmet Brickowoski: [to the Duplo aliens] Hello, visitors from another planet. You are just as special as we are.
Emmet Brickowoski: [builds a Lego in the shape of a heart] See? Friends.
Emmet Brickowoski: Yes.
Batman: What do you know? It worked.
Unikitty: Even though we’re different, I guess if we open our hearts everything can be aw…
[just then a Duplo suddenly bites onto the Lego heart and eats it]
Duplo: [as [Batman throws a batarang] You missed me!
Batman: No, I did not!
Emmet Brickowoski: [as they are being attacked by Duplo aliens] Don’t worry, Lucy. Everything can still be awesome!
Lucy: It wasn’t awesome. We fought them off, but they kept returning. Every time we rebuilt, they kept coming after whatever bright and shiny thing caught their eye, and always accompanied by catchy pop music. A league of brave heroes volunteered to chase them to wherever they came from.
Superman: Where’s Batman?
Wonder Woman: He’s off having a separate standalone adventure.
Green Lantern: You almost forgot me, guys.
Superman: [sarcastically] Oh, did we?
Green Lantern: I’m literally a lantern. How did you miss me?
Superman: That’s my whoops.
Green Lantern: Fear not, citizens, I shall shed…
Green Lantern: [the spaceship door closes on him] Guys, can you just reopen the… Guys, just reopen the… You’re not going to?
Lucy: We may never know if they even made it to the aliens or were lost in the dreaded Stairgate. A lifetime has passed since then. We grew up. Abandoned anything cute, shiny, poppy, or young. And from the wreckage, we built a grittier, cooler, more mature society. We call it Apocalypseburg, and it is a heckish place to live. Show weakness and you’ll be eaten alive.
Lucy: This new life has toughened and hardened us all.
Emmet Brickowoski: [ordering coffee]Two coffees, please. One black, one with just a touch of cream and twenty-five sugars.
Lucy: Well, toughened most of us.
Emmet Brickowoski: Good morning, Apocalypseburg!
Lucy: Once I was a rebel, fighting for a righteous cause. Now, I only fight to survive. Everything was awesome. Now everything is bleak.
Emmet Brickowoski: Hey, Lucy! I brought you coffee.
Lucy: Coffee. The bitter liquid that provides the only semblance of pleasure left in these dark times.
Emmet Brickowoski: Oh, my goshness. Did I interrupt you brooding just now?
Lucy: Ah, this brooding sesh is not really going anywhere.
Emmet Brickowoski: Man, I wish I could brood like you.
Lucy: Look, all you got to do is just stare off into the distance and then narrate whatever grim thoughts come into your mind.
Emmet Brickowoski: What if one day there was no coffee?
Lucy: More like, “War hardens the heart.”
Lucy: Emmet, you’ve got to stop pretending everything is awesome. It isn’t. Every morning, you walk through town, singing that terrible, annoying, manufactured pop song!
Emmet Brickowoski: [chuckles] That song really seems to upset you.
Lucy: No, it doesn’t.
Emmet Brickowoski: Oh, my mistake.
Lucy: That song was fine when we were younger, but we also have to grow up sometime. Can you do that for me?
Emmet Brickowoski: Well, yeah. I can try. But it’s easy for you. You were always a dark, goth rebel.
Lucy: Yes, of course I was.
Lucy: We have to be hardened and battle ready. Both of us.
Emmet Brickowoski: Yeah. No, I get it. And that’s why I’ve cultivated a totally hard-edged side that’s super tough and, look, look! A shooting star. Make a wish!
Lucy: Oh, no!
Emmet Brickowoski: What? Can’t think of anything to wish for? I always just wish for more wishes, because you can never have enough.
Lucy: [referring to the spaceship] We’ve never seen anything like this.
Unikitty: They’re evolving.
Lucy: What is it up to?
Emmet Brickowoski: I don’t know, but that beat is pretty fresh.
Lucy: [referring to the spaceship] It’s like it knows our every move.
Emmet Brickowoski: Weird, right?
Lucy: [as [Emmet turns on the indicator light] Emmet!
Emmet Brickowoski: What?
Emmet Brickowoski: [as the spaceship chases them] Hurry, the door is slowly closing.
Lucy: Good thing the door is closing so slowly and dramatically.
Star: [caught in the door] Oh, the pain! It’s getting so cold. Help me.
General Mayhem: I’m General Mayhem. Intergalactic Naval Commander of the Systar System. Open the gate.
Lucy: No way! That gate is never, ever, ever, ever… Emmet, what are you doing?
[Emmet opens the door to let Star in]
Emmet Brickowoski: See? That wasn’t so bad. Nothing got in.
[just then he sees General Mayhem standing beside him]
Emmet Brickowoski: Aah! Something got in!
General Mayhem: Bring me your fiercest leader.
Batman: Yeah, that’s me. This guy, coming through. I’m the leader, obvs.
Lucy: You? I don’t think so.
Batman: How many movies have they made about you? Because there are like nine about me, and like three others in various stages of development.
Emmet Brickowoski: Wait a minute. When everyone became the Special, didn’t we all become leaders?
General Mayhem: No offense, I sense no leadership qualities from you. My readout confirms you to be soft, fragile, and a less than worthy opponent.
Lucy: Hey! You watch what you say about Emmet.
Lucy: [referring to Emmet] He saved the universe a few years back.
General Mayhem: This guy was a fierce warrior?
Lucy: Okay, well, technically I did the warrior stuff, but…
General Mayhem: So, you fought, and masterbuilt, and kicked butt, and then that hapless male was the leader?
Lucy: Well, you know, he was a symbol for, that we all have ideas and…
General Mayhem: But you did all the work.
Lucy: Emmet is the sweetest, most optimistic guy you could ever meet. And I know those qualities are not useful anymore, and that Emmet isn’t changing with the times, and lacks a killer instinct, and in general, just isn’t tough enough.
Emmet Brickowoski: Not tough enough?
Lucy: Yeah, but this guy is the Special. Well, at least he was.
General Mayhem: Silence. I don’t have room in my ship to take everyone. I can fit maybe five.
General Mayhem: I’ll explain with a memorable jingle.
Mermaid: [after Lucy, Batman, Unikitty, Metal Beard and Benny have been kidnapped] Emmet, what have you done?
Emmet Brickowoski: Wait. You guys don’t think this is all my fault?
Sherry Scratchen-Post: Maybe not entirely your fault.
Sheryl Swoopes: It’s totally your fault.
Gary Payton: You got that right, WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes.
Emmet Brickowoski: [as he converts his destroyed house into a spaceship] I’ll show them all how tough I am. Hang on to your fronds, Planty. We’re going to save Lucy, and all of the other people who were captured.
Unikitty: Ooh, what is that?
General Mayhem: Behold, the Systar System.
Batman, Unikitty, Metal Beard, Benny: Woh!
Lucy: No wohs. Do not give her the satisfaction of wohing this.
Batman, Unikitty, Metal Beard, Benny: Ooh!
Lucy: That’s even worse!
Batman, Unikitty, Metal Beard, Benny: Aah!
Lucy: Stop it!
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: Welcome, guests, to the Systar System.
Lucy: Help me out, guys. What is this? A talking horse?
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: Sorry about my appearance. I was in a meeting with the animal planet of Anthropomorphia, so I look like a horse.
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: I’m Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. I could change my form to something else if this makes you uncomfortable.
[she shape shifts from a horse to an octopus]
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: Hey, guys.
Batman: No, go back. The horse was much more palatable.
Rex Dangervest: You mind if I save your life?
Emmet Brickowoski: Not at all.
Rex Dangervest: Rad.
Emmet Brickowoski: Who are you?
[Rex takes off his helmet]
Emmet Brickowoski: Woh!
Rex Dangervest: The name’s Rex. Rex Dangervest.
Announcer: Galaxy-defending archeologist, cowboy, raptor trainer, who likes building furniture, busting heads, and having chiseled features, previously hidden under baby fat.
Emmet Brickowoski: Woh!
Emmet Brickowoski: Enemy ship!
Rex Dangervest: That’s a negative. That bad boy is my ship. Built her myself out of spare pieces. Let me show you around.
Emmet Brickowoski: Hey, you broke my ship.
Rex Dangervest: Listen, kid, you can build anything, but there ain’t nothing you can’t break.
Emmet Brickowoski: [both laugh] I don’t get it.
Rex Dangervest: Behold, the Rexcelsior.
Emmet Brickowoski: Woh-ho-ho! Are those dinosaurs?
Rex Dangervest: Tell me, what’s a scrapabout like you doing trying to go through the Stairgate?
Emmet Brickowoski: Aliens from the Systar System kidnapped my friends. I’m going to get them back.
Rex Dangervest: You don’t want to go anywhere near the Systar System, trust me. It’s ruled by an alien queen, and she’ll try to brainwash your friends, so she can use them in a matrimonial ceremony to bring forth…
Emmet Brickowoski: Armamageddon?
Rex Dangervest: Bingo.
Emmet Brickowoski: You’ve been to the Systar System? You can help me.
Rex Dangervest: Forget it, kid. That place is too terrible. But I don’t like to talk about my backstory, so don’t even ask.
Emmet Brickowoski: Oh. Okay.
Rex Dangervest: There I was, on a galactic mission. Ended up being more than I’d bargained for. I landed in the desolate plains of the dust planet Undar of the Dryar System.
[in the real world we see Rex getting knocked underneath a dryer and abandonded]
Rex Dangervest: The winds were ferocious. The isolation, intense. I waited for my friends. Seemed to last forever. That’s when I learned, there was no one I could trust but me.
Emmet Brickowoski: I’m so sorry, Rex.
Rex Dangervest: Don’t be. My time alone was an awakening. I learned how the universe really works.
Emmet Brickowoski: Yeah, I know how you feel.
Rex Dangervest: You couldn’t possibly know how it feels.
Emmet Brickowoski: Yeah, I do. Like you can’t ever go back to the person you used to be. Even though it was so much simpler. You have to find your own way, but you just don’t know how.
Rex Dangervest: [referring to the real world] Hold up a second. You have been there.
Emmet Brickowoski: Yeah.
Rex Dangervest: What’s your last name, Emmet?
Emmet Brickowoski: Brickowski.
Rex Dangervest: No way. The visionary double-decker couch building hero who took it to Lord Business and had the guts to face The Man Upstairs? That Emmet Brickowski?
Emmet Brickowoski: Yeah.
Rex Dangervest: Dude! Big fan!
Emmet Brickowoski: Wait, you are a fan of me?
Rex Dangervest: Heck, yeah. You’re the reason I started wearing vests.
Emmet Brickowoski: Do you like mine?
Rex Dangervest: Yes, I do!
Emmet Brickowoski: Wow. You’re so much more cool and grown up than me. You could teach me! Rex, help me rescue my friends, stop Armamageddon, and teach me to be like you. Someone Lucy will be proud of, and I’ll be the brother you never had. Unless you do have a brother. I don’t really know you that well.
Rex Dangervest: Alright, kid, you listen. You go soft, you’re playing their game. You’re going to have to grow up and grow up fast. Are you ready to do that?
Emmet Brickowoski: Yes, I am.
Rex Dangervest: I can’t hear you.
Emmet Brickowoski: Really? I was speaking at normal volume.
Rex Dangervest: Sorry, man. I’m just a little hard of hearing from listening to my mixtapes super loud with no regard for my future hearing, because I live in the now.
Rex Dangervest: Raptors, re-coordinate.
Emmet Brickowoski: Really?
Rex Dangervest: Set a course for the Systar System.
Emmet Brickowoski: Rex, I promise you won’t regret it.
Rex Dangervest: Kid, I invented the phrase “no regrets”. I do have one regret of not trademarking it.
Rex Dangervest: It’s time to take action. Which planet do you want to try first?
Emmet Brickowoski: What do you think?
Rex Dangervest: A tough guy doesn’t ask where to go. Just pick any of them and act like you’re sure. That’s called leadership.
Emmet Brickowoski: Okay. That one.
Rex Dangervest: Now you’re getting it!
Rex Dangervest: Only the toughest are going to get out of there alive.
Emmet Brickowoski: [Rex turns and sees Emmet playing with a dinosaur] Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy? Yes, you are.
Emmet Brickowoski: [as they are leaving Rex’s ship] Just a couple of tough guys being tough.
[he stumbles down the ship’s slope]
Emmet Brickowoski: Planned that.
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: [laughs maliciously] Sorry. Banana keeps slipping on his peel on the way out.
[we see a Lego banana keep slipping as he tries to stand]
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: You’re going to bruise your butt.
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: [singing] I ain’t Selina Kyle. I ain’t no Vicki Vale. I was never into you, even when you were Christian Bale.
Batman: I’m more of a Keaton guy myself.
Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi: Ooh, I loved him as Beetlejuice.
Robot: I’m sorry, no entry allowed. Who are you?
Lucy: Who, me? I’m your worst nightmare.
Robot: You’re me when I’m late to school, and I forgot my homework ,and my pants are made of pudding?
Lucy: No, I don’t…
[she jump kicks the robot]
Emmet Brickowoski: Lucy, what are you doing?
Lucy: Did you draw stubble dots on your face?
Emmet Brickowoski: What? No.
[he rubs them out with his sleeve and smudges the dots on his face]
Emmet Brickowoski: [after ending up underneath the washing machine in the real world] It can’t be this hopeless, can it?
[just then a spider crawls over him]
Emmet Brickowoski: It can.
Lucy: I’ve got a surprise for you.
Emmet Brickowoski: [looks through the binoculars] Our house!
Emmet Brickowoski: [as they enter their house] Planty! An original album of “Everything Is Awesome”?
[he holds up the album cover, we see Lucy on the cover along with the rest of the band]
Emmet Brickowoski: Wait a minute. Is that…
[he gasps loudly in disbelief]
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