Law of diminishing returns after a fairly ground-breaking first film. The meta constructs become too self-referential and the through-line is not quite as prescient. Nonetheless, entertaining, light-hearted and inventive.
Released amidst a pop-culture landscape that is not only obsessed but has become predicated on self-referential humor, "The LEGO Movie 2" is not as fresh as its predecessor. The fact we had two uneven spinoffs between a five-year gap of these two tentpole movies doesn't help either. "The LEGO Movie 2" benefits from a strong third act, but in getting there, a lot of the fun proves familiar and somewhat exhausting.
3.5/5 Suite menée tambour battant, La Grande Aventure Lego 2 est moins surprenante que le premier opus mais a de quoi ravir un large public avec ses drôles de références à la pop culture et son esprit malicieux. Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine : https://www.citazine.fr/article/grande-aventure-lego-2-fini-de-jouer
Not as deliriously inventive or ingenious as the first film, but makes up for it with a powerful genuinely moving final act, several great songs (not all just riffs on 'Everything Is Awesome'!) and some wonderful cameos (RBG! Maya Rudolph!). The film uses our expanded knowledge of the world to great effect, and there's another great twist. Yet, we miss the many clever, deeply silly laughs that made the first so fun.
Toxic masculinity is antithetical to proactive cooperation. Worthy follow-up to the first film in the gag department, and something of a stealth pop musical as well. I was hoping for more platonic or romantic queerness, especially between Wyld Style and General Mayhem.