Thursday, February 21, 2019     Volume: 19, Issue: 51
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
UNDERRATED: THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART


Where is it playing?: Hi-Way Drive-In, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Karen Garcia)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Chris Pratt stars as the voice of Emmet Brickowski, a construction worker Lego who must save his friends from alien invaders and discover who he really is. This second film was released about five years after the first, The Lego Movie, with the same writers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, but a new director, Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Sky High).
 
Like many sequels, this film falls short of presenting a unique storyline; it’s your average coming-of-age story told while flying through other dimensions peppered with catchy (and annoying!) sing-along numbers. There’s a lot of singing, but this time everything’s not awesome, and a song could quite possibly get stuck in your head.
 
In the glimmering city of Bricksburg, Emmet and his special friend, Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), are living pretty awesome lives, but a swarm of Lego Duplo invaders from outer space threatens the city with mass destruction that moves the citizens of Bricksburg to Apocalypseburg. Side note: The Lego Duplo blocks are designed for 1- to 2-years-old builders, so while these characters have cute eyes and childish voices, don’t be fooled! Their plans are much more sinister. And don’t make them throw up because they’ll barf colorful glitter everywhere.
 
Anywho, Apocalypseburg is dreary and has hardened its citizens, who are constantly bracing themselves for battle. Lucy adapts perfectly to their new setting while Emmet is still the optimist he always has been. Lucy wants him to change, to be tougher in order to survive in their new world because everything is not awesome all the time.
 
In the midst of their conversation, General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) swoops in and kidnaps Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie), and MetalBeard (Nick Offerman).
 
General Mayhem takes them to outer space to the Systar system where she announces that Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish)—a shape-shifting Lego—intends to wed Batman.
 
Emmet embarks on a journey to save his friends and coincidentally meets Rex Dangervest (also Pratt). Dangervest sounds a lot like Emmet but is cooler because he’s a dinosaur trainer/spaceship pilot with some stubble on his chin.
 
The movie weaves in and out of the Lego world and the real world between a brother and sister. The two are creating the world that Emmet and his friends live in, so whatever happens in real life transpires within the bricks. When there’s havoc in the Lego world we learn it’s because the siblings can’t seem to get along because, you know, the brother is too cool to play with his younger sister. The rejection leads to the sister capturing some of her brother’s Legos … you get the idea.
 
There’s a lot of singing in this movie. I mean it’s a children’s film, so I expected it, but it was a little excessive. The best song in my opinion was the ending track that played during the credits: “Super Cool” by Beck, featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island. It was a fun mock in the ending credit where the group literally sings, “Can’t wait to see the one about the person who edits and even better that that is who edits the credits.”
 
It’s interesting to see this Lego movie franchise come to life and literally build itself from the ground up. Overall the star-studded cast did a great job of making the audience laugh. The theater I caught the film in was riddled with adults and their children, but I found that the other adults and I were laughing the loudest at certain parts of the film. It’s just a silly feel-good movie that I recommend catching on the big screen—the little giggles and exclamations from kids are priceless, not to mention the corny jokes that only adults understand. (106 min.)




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