The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part [2019] ★★★

I may be swimming against the current here, but I enjoyed “The LEGO Movie 2” more than its predecessor. The first one caught me off guard with its hectic action sequences. Here, I knew exactly what to expect, and I had a blast with it. It’s been five years since the events of the first film, and our heroes, lead by Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett, still as funny as ever), are about to face their biggest threat yet: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space. It sounds ridiculous on paper, but the story takes flight like an old-fashioned episode of “Star Trek” or perhaps “Guardians of the Galaxy” (the Chris Pratt effect maybe?). The movie, written once again by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, has so much energy it threatens to spin out of control at times. But the fun is nonstop and the movie is rarely dull. Even the songs are impeccably performed and catchy. My only complaint is that it goes a bit too long, but I have a feeling fans of the first one and “The LEGO Batman Movie” aren’t going to mind. They’ll be busy having a mighty good time.

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