Saturday, 16 February 2019

Thoughts on The Lego Movie 2


I have an 8-year-old son. 
Like most 8-year-old boys he is obsessed with Lego. 
He loved the first movie, he loved the Lego Batman movie. 
The Lego Ninjago Movie sparked a love affair with the Ninjago TV series and this was followed by a rampant binge watching of all the available Lego animated shorts ranging from Justice League to Marvel, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. 
He loves Legoland and no matter how often we go, he wants to go again.
He is the perfect audience for The Lego Movie 2 and naturally, he absolutely bloomin' loved it. 
In fact, he loved it more than he loved the first movie.
He talked about nothing but the movie for weeks afterwards. He spent his remaining Christmas money (and a fair bit of his parents') on Lego Movie 2 Lego sets. 
He drove us mad with listening to the soundtrack on the google home. 
Needless to say, with the kid, The Lego Movie 2 was a raging success. 

With the adults?
Well, everything was not so awesome.
Yes, it was good to look at. Yes, the story was endearing. Yes, it was funny.
But I found myself bored for huge chunks of the movie. 
I found the songs/singing weird. 
It felt like a movie made for no other reason than to make money and milk the surprise success of the first Lego movie for all it was worth and that made me feel sad. 

So what was the movie about?

Emmett, Wild Style and the gang are living in a post-apocalyptic world since being invaded at the end of the first movie.
In this movie, we see the gang - Batman, Wild Style, Benny, UniKitty and the pirate guy - abducted by an evil agent from the Sistar System. 
Hapless but lovable Emmett must save his friends and prevent all from being lost into the bin of storage. 
But is all as it seems...? Of course it isn't! 
The two sides must unite or all is lost!
However, will they?
Well, what do you think?


I imagine that as soon as this movie is available on DVD, the little dude will be buying it (or begging us to buy it for him). I hope it holds the same charm for him the second (third, fourth, fifth!) time as it did the first but I for one do not look forward to having to sit through it once more. 
Once was definitely enough!

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