A brief word of warning – The Lego Movie 2 takes less than 10 minutes to decide that the song ‘Everything Is Awesome’ needs to worm itself into the deepest recesses of your ear once more.
It might be a bold move to immediately hark back to the original 2014 movie, from where that movie came, but it’s one that is, in the most part, justified. While never quite reaching the heights of the first film, The Lego Movie 2 is a sequel that proves to be every bit as inventive as the things your niece makes with the tiny bricks that inspired it.
Taking place straight after the original movie, we return to Bricksburg to discover that everything definitely isn’t awesome. Emmett (Chris Pratt) remains endlessly optimistic, but the arrival of Duplo invaders has transformed his hometown into the aptly named Apocalypseburg.
It’s an early highlight – the town is brilliantly presented like the Mad Max playset that we’ll probably never get. The scenario also proves to be an inventive re-introduction to the story of Finn, the young boy from the first film whose imagination is fuelling the adventures of our plastic heroes.
This time around, he’s been forced to share his toys with little sister Bianca and their refusal to play nicely has triggered the catastrophic change.
After a successful early section that returns us to Emmett’s world, the film quite literally heads out of this world. Emmett is forced to head into space after a group of aliens kidnap best friend Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and the rest of their plastic pals.
The intergalactic setting is fizzing with fresh cameos (cough, Bruce Willis) and the meta-humour that defined the first movie. But if a slight criticism is to be made, things become ever so slightly convoluted as we frequently swap between the two worlds.
Still, there’s a screen stealing turn from Will Arnett’s Batman, who gets the film’s defining song in ‘Gotham City Guys’. His romance with Tiffany Haddish’s Queen Watevra is a comic high point– and a hilarious spin on the character of Gotham’s most inaccessible bachelor.
Parents will also enjoy the hidden messages too. Emmett’s journey contains a timely and worthwhile lesson about the importance of being yourself, while the story of Finn and Bianca will hopefully inspire their own brood to play nicely.
Ultimately, The Lego Movie 2 proves to be endlessly inventive and extremely funny – and there’s more than enough for brick lovers of all ages to enjoy. For the most part, it seems that everything is still pretty awesome.