Excerpt: Our expectations are a lot higher now after the unexpectedly wildly inventive first movie… and this sequel delivers, digging with witty subversion into Hollywood’s glorification of its male heroes.
Excerpt: Where The LEGO Movie presented a true adventure tale with more than a spice of existentialism, the sequel trades it in for kitsch and a lower common denominator. *Checks director’s resume – Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Shrek Forever After. Oh, I see.
Excerpt: Much like the first film, which surprised me with its smart level of thematic depths, The Lego Movie 2 exists to do more than provide as many jokes as it can, based around the number of toys it was able to pile together for the sake of seeing franchises interact. The original film was able to work as a critique against conformity (creating a satirical Oscar-nominated song in the process). This sequel is tackling what it means to have toys specifically being tailored to gendered
Excerpt: The latest installment may be starting to show some wear and tear in its kooky conception. Thankfully, there is still some off-kilter playfulness and irreverence left over to convey the nutty-minded relevance of the Lego landscape.
Excerpt: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller provide a bolder, riskier story expansion for ‘The LEGO Movie’ universe that, fortunately, able to get executed nicely by Mike Mitchell to make this sequel often more awesome than its predecessor.