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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Rated PG 107 minutes 2019

★★★★★ ★★★★★
In 2014, The Lego Movie was a burst of visual and writing imagination in the great sea of CGI-animated sameness; now five years and four movies into a brick-based cinematic universe, the new-vehicle smell has faded, simply leaving something fun and diverting. This installment picks up more or less where the first movie left off, continuing the adventures of Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and friends as they try to fight off the threat of Duplo invaders, including Queen Whatevra (Tiffany Haddish). While Mike Mitchell (Trolls) takes over directing duties from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, while the Lord/Miller script aims again for a mix of winking nods at blockbuster filmmaking and a recognition of how real-world kids process their world through play. And while the gags are generally satisfying, it’s hard for the whole thing not to feel like a Duplo-cation of the original, including the attempt to create an earwormy theme song. In fact, at times it feels more like it’s trying to mimic the Toy Story franchise—and while there are far worse models for great animated filmmaking, it’s not quite the same as when everything was awesome and completely distinctive.

Film Credits

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Director: Mike Mitchell

Producer: Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Roy Lee, Jinko Gotoh, Jill Wilfert, Keith Malone, Matthew Ashton, Chris McKay, Zareh Nalbandian, Ryan Halprin, Will Allegra and Chris Leahy

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Jadon Sand, Brooklynn Prince, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Ben Schwartz, Noel Fielding, Jason Momoa, Cobie Smulders, Ike Barinholtz, Ralph Fiennes, Orville Forte, Jimmy Yang, Jorma Taccone, Bruce Willis, Gary Payton, Sheryl Swoopes, Todd Hansen, Doug Nicholas, Liam Knight, Emmett Mitchell, Sawyer Jones, Graham Miller and Cora Miller

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