Boats’ Belated Film Reviews: The Lego Movie 2

Alright guys, it’s Friday and the block is hot. Ever since I’ve entered the world of journalism, I’ve been crouched in the weeds like a ravenous cobra, awaiting the day I can pounce upon the hottest of all takes. Yesterday, that sort of happened with my blog concerning how I’m sort of over Kyrie Irving as a Celtic.

Twitter was ablaze. The Internet was burning. I was stacking retweets (roughly 2-3) and comments (roughly 3-4) like hot cakes. I didn’t know what to do, so I went up to my closet, gazed upon the shrine I created of Max Kellerman—the greatest broadcast journalist of our era—and resolved that this is just part of being great. The world needs hot take artists. Once you put on the mask, there’s no going back. Heavy lies the crown…

Anyway, yesterday was Valentine’s Day and, as a red-blooded single male, I decided to head to the movies alone because I’m a fucking savage. It was roughly 9 o’clock at night and there I was nursing a clean case of 5 o’clock shadow, bellowing “One for the Lego Movie” while wearing cargo sweatpants.

For the record, I loved the original Lego movie. It was an astronomical surprise. Heading in, I thought it was just another shameless cash grab from the good folks in Hollywood. Turns out I was right, but it was actually a lot wittier than most that are cut from that same cloth. It seemed as if the people behind the film actually dedicated more than a few weeks to the dialogue and overall “look” of the film. In other words, The Lego Movie wasn’t another Emoji Movie, as much as I wanted it to be.

That said, I was excited when I saw The Lego Movie 2 on the marquee of my local cinema. Considering it was Thursday, I showed up to the theatre ready to fight. Thursday is when I pick the majority of my fights. I need to stay sharp, which is why I periodically attack/blindside people in public.

In preparation, I donned my favorite JR Smith jersey (2009 Nuggets Throwback) and drove down to the theatre. Once the woman at the front counter ripped up my ticket, I headed over to the popcorn line to recklessly argue politics.

I love arguing politics in public. I find it engages people in a way like no other, and of all the places I can achieve such engagement, the movie theatre popcorn line is the best environment. I hopped in line with a scowl and began aimlessly declaring Elizabeth Warren will never be considered the GOAT because Trump and Putin both own more Super Bowl rings. Until she gets one, that discussion’s closed.

Eventually, after exchanging fisticuffs with one of the Vietnamese janitors who refused to “take things outside,” I migrated to the theatre. As I scanned the available seating, I quickly realized the place was completely empty. Once the previews were over, I immediately took my pants off and started plowing my third Bloomin’ Onion of the day in the front row. Here’s where things got weird…

I couldn’t ignore the fact that I’ve seen everything before. For starters, I think the reason the first Lego movie worked so well was because it was so refreshingly new. I didn’t know what to expect from it, and after my initial viewing, I found that although it wasn’t perfect, it was self aware. It understood the criticism that would come from making a movie about, well, Legos. It knew what people were expecting and implemented enough self referential elements to diffuse any predisposed denunciation.

The Lego Movie 2, like its’ predecessor, followed through on those similar elements. I won’t spoil anything, but there are a few clever lines of dialogue commenting on Lego’s inability to capture the rights to Marvel’s properties that provide a much needed sense of self. Not to mention, Chris Pratt seems like one of the few guys in Hollywood who “gets it,” and the nativity he employs in his voice acting is what routinely carries the film.

All of that said, the one major criticism I have for this movie is something I sort of already touched upon. Whereas the original Lego movie had that fresh and new feel to it, this one was stripped of that luxury. Since the original came out, we’ve had a few other Lego movies come out and all of them were released in the same style as the original. I understand the old adage claiming if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it; nevertheless, I can’t ignore the fact that it hurts the overall impact of the film when it’s all said and done.

In the end, The Lego Movie was solid. It was quick, witty, and delivered everything one would assume it promises at this point. That said, it wasn’t as good as the original because, quite frankly, I’m not sure it could’ve been.

Final Grade: 8.7 Boats out of 10

– Joey Boats (@joey_boats)

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