"Set again in Bricksburg, this sequel to The Lego Movie(2014) sees the inhabitants need to once more save their city from trouble, this time in the form of destructive visitors from outer space, LEGO DUPLO®. In order to defend their city and beat this new enemy, an intergalactic adventure will begin for Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and the others as they travel through space. Directed by Mike Mitchell."~Clare Perez-Izaguirre Lopez
They Come in Pieces: Assembling The Lego Movie 2
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Tiffany HaddishQueen Watevra Wa-Nabi
Stephanie BeatrizGeneral Mayhem/Sweet Mayhem
Will FerrellPresident Business/Dad
Richard AyoadeIce Cream Cone
Cobie SmuldersWonder Woman
Ike BarinholtzLex Luthor
Ralph FiennesAlfred Pennyworth
Orville ForteAbraham Lincoln
Jorma TacconeLarry Poppins
Todd HansenGandalf/Swamp Creature
Doug NicholasSurfer Dave, Chainsaw Dave, Purgatory Dave
Liam KnightDuplo, Heart, Star, Sewer Babies
Graham MillerDuplo, Young Finn
Ollie MitchellDuplo Guard, Octopus, Harmony Town Citizen, Announcer, Sherry
Wasn’t great as the first. 3D felt flat, no Atmos.
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Had few funny moments but not as much as the first. They tried way to hard this time around.
-Picture; 3D availability.
-Sound; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio had tons of demo reference, low end frequencies that really subbed the woofers in a really good way. The explosions & pounds are top notch! I up-mixed the surround to DTS:X simulation.
-Digital Copy; Yes.
-3D; Lacked even for an OLED where it shines. Some depth but not enough. No pop outs or enough demential effect.
-Sound; No Atmos even on the 3D disc which is the biggest led down. The biggest reason I got it thinking both were on the 3D disc. Only on the 2D disc which defeats the purpose of my buying 3D & not cheap too. It’s discouraging to watch it twice back to back to listen to the Atmos track which should’ve been in the 3D version in the first place.
-Digital Copy; limited. Only HD, no 4K Dolby Vision/Atmos full version upgrade.
-Slipcover; No lenticular cover.
-Gear used for sound & visuals:
LG 65’ C6P 4k/3D passive OLED (manually calibrated)
9.2 Onkyo RZ + pre amp for 7.2.4/11.2 (integrated calibrated then manually tweeted with SPL sound level meter & balance/adjust for full dynamic range)
Klipsch Reference Premier towers
dual R112SW subs
Polk Audio MC80 8’ quad in-ceiling heights
Oppo 4K UDP-203
Monster cables: Premium Black Platinum HDR HDMIs, THX Audio RCA, Digital Subwoofer Cables & Fiber Optic Ultra 1000
Monoprice 14 gauge awg copper speaker wire
Nakamichi Speaker Plugs
Auralex Acoustic Isolation platforms
The original Lego Movie remains an ingenious, beloved film that brilliantly mashed up humor for both the target audience of youngsters and the adult parents that brought them to the theater to watch it.
The Lego Movie 2 is another fun romp with Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, Unikitty, and company.
As the aforementioned parent to a youngster who loves the Lego movies, and who enjoys them just about as much, who also greatly appreciates the consistent acknowledgments in the humor for us older moviegoers, the Lego Movie 2 largely continues that tradition. It continues, quite valiantly, the same quantity of humor for the parents, but the quality, for the first time among their big budget releases, staggered a bit. It's not all misses, but it's not all hits, either. Hopefully, this is a one-off rather than the beginning of showing cracks in the foundation with the well running dry.
In that regard, the effort was appreciated, it was just a shame more of the attempts didn't stick the landing.
On the kid's side of the film, my son enjoyed it very much. The efforts here paid off much more than on the aforementioned parents' side, but... and I have to state that it's both to be expected with such a near-perfect film such as the original, AND it's not nearly a "miss" that should be concerning, but even here, the kids' side didn't quite resonate as strongly with my son. Enjoy it, he most certainly did, but the continuation of joy after the credits rolled didn't last nearly as long.
I think a good portion of this is due to more predictability. There isn't much here that will come as a genuine surprise, despite several attempts. It's almost all easy to figure out where it's going- again, not due to a lack of attempt (while my son, at age 5, didn't audibly state "he knew that" (which he does at a (non)shockingly high rate, nowadays, lol,)) he also wasn't floored by any of it, and the adults will quickly see the clues, it's just THAT LITTLE of a "letdown" that it's impossible not to compare it, rather than view it as a continuation, to the original.
Now, let none of this scare you off. On a whole, LM2 is a worthy film to add to the collection, to keep as one of those rarely listed family films that truly is designed to entertain the ENTIRE family. It has a hard time keeping up with the original, and what film wouldn't? But, considering its pedigree, it can't help but be just a bit of a letdown in that regard.
In 4K, and this is also important, some of the best usage currently available is found in animation. Lego Movie 2 looks downright gorgeous, particularly combined with HDR. Plenty of brilliant uses of lighting and color really pop here, and if you have the setup for it, it's the best way to enjoy the movie.
The LEGO Movie 2 is a worthy successor to the first film and has the same charm, humor, and all-ages adventure that viewers would come to expect. Moving the story beyond the original, it again uses the classic toys and play behavior to delve into family relationships and showcases, in a gentle and sincere way, that the best games are those played together in the cooperative style that LEGO has championed for decades. Chris Pratt turns in a voice acting performance that surpasses the first film in a clever double-turn, and the rest of the cast are uniformly excellent. The jokes hit all quadrants and there's plenty to enjoy both for kids and adults throughout (though these films are probably always best appreciated by older teens/adults who remember playing with LEGOs as children, and by parents who can relate to the experiences of their children). Visually, the film continues the same imaginative invention of the other LEGO films, never bending the carefully-constructed world's reality but always finding new ways to get more pizazz out of it. The film is a treat for animation fans, with studio Animal Logic once again showcasing their unique sensibility in movement, visual design, shot staging, and overall quality. The 3D presentation adds to the visual enjoyment and helps build appreciation for the elaborate worlds and intricate action scenes the animators have created. A big thanks to Warner Brothers for continuing to support 3D Blu-Ray for the many fans and collectors, myself included, who want to own films in the same format we watched them in theaters. Bottom line, The LEGO Movie 2 is a worthy addition to any home theater library and will be entertaining for years to come.
It was a given The LEGO Movie would eventually get a sequel, but it's kind of crazy it took five years for that sequel to actually happen. That said, Warner Bros. has certainly expanded the LEGO brand by giving LEGO Batman his own feature as well as delivering their only misstep thus far, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. And while there was some trepidation going into this delayed, but inevitable sequel given original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were no longer at the helm there was some hope given it was still their minds that conjured up the screenplay. Thankfully, Trolls director Mike Mitchell was brought on board and has successfully converted Lord and Miller's screenplay into a sequel that keeps things in step with if not necessarily surpassing the original. Of course, given the precedent set for the original and what it turned out to be versus the raised bar for the sequel and what it has turned out to be-that's a solid accomplishment and a resounding endorsement. That is to say, upon initially hearing there was going to be a movie based solely around the LEGO brand and the toys and properties they owned it seemed obvious the eventual movie would turn out to be little more than a cash grab; nothing more than one big commercial, if you will. To expect this was ultimately foolish given the creative team behind it as Lord and Miller delivered a witty, colorful, and (per usual) meta piece of cinema that took some unexpected themes and conveyed them in a manner that allowed the children to enjoy the toys coming to life while the adults latched onto those ever fleeting moments of innocence that come with raising children and attaching certain memories to their playthings. The LEGO Movie intentionally evaded everything audiences expected it to be, disrupting the status quo and turning heads, but how was something so inventive and appropriately rowdy supposed to then follow itself up with something as conventional as a sequel? Especially given the abstract qualities of the first and having to continue the same narrative while holding tight to the themes the first film so perfectly encapsulated? It turns out, the trick is to lean into such things even further; deliver the same goods in a different package and through different techniques. And though The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part might feel redundant in certain ideas, the ideas it's pedaling never don't need to be heard...especially when they're this creatively catchy.