This zippy sequel to "The LEGO Movie" is a lot like the original, in that grown-ups might need to lie down after seeing it. That’s not to say that those well past grade school won’t have a good time; like its predecessor, it's loaded with references that will zoom past tiny children. 3 stars out...
If you, like me, saw “The LEGO Movie” back in 2014, there’s a song that’s stuck in your head. Still. Today. Five years later. No, I’m not going to name it, because that will only encourage it. (LEAVE ME IN PEACE, HELLISH SONG!) But I’m here to tell you that it’s back, in “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” an extra-peppy, crayon-colored sequel that’s a lot like the original in that grown-ups might need to go lie down after seeing it.
That’s not to say that those well past grade school won’t have a good time; “The LEGO Movie 2,” like its predecessor, is loaded with references that will zoom past tiny children. Among my favorites: a Ruth Bader Ginsburg LEGO figure; a couple of random Bruce Willis appearances; a list of spa treatments that includes “a vegetable observation” (in which clients get stared at by a giant carrot, and I would absolutely go to that spa); a LEGO version of “Mad Max: Fury Road”; and a drop-in by, as she’s introduced, WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes.
What we have here is basically the same movie again, with a few more characters and colors (the new LEGO shade for 2019, Vibrant Coral, shows up). Five years after the events of the first movie, things aren’t easy in Apocalypseburg — which is what remains of the first movie’s Bricksburg after an attack by DUPLO bricks. Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), that cheerful LEGO-bricked everyman, must once again save the day; Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) is once again resourceful; LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) is once again endearingly cranky; there’s a little star zooming around that vomits glitter and a LEGO vampire that’s a part-time DJ and Tiffany Haddish voicing someone called Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi … honestly, why am I attempting to summarize this movie? It’s a bunch of plastic blocks that have an adventure, and it’s basically insane; not quite as pleasantly so as the first movie (the element of astonished surprise isn’t there), but hey, that’s a high bar. Everything is … oh, damn it, there I go again.
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★★★ “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” with the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Stephanie Beatriz. Directed by Mike Mitchell, from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 107 minutes. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. Opens Feb. 8 at multiple theaters.