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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a perfectly fine film for the entire family but it certainly lacked not only the freshness of the first film but also the focus.

 

 

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
(2019)

Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Warner Bros. | PG – 107 min. – $44.99 | May 7, 2019

Date Published: 05/06/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Writer(s): Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Matthew Fogel (story), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (screenplay)
Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Music Video

Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (4K/BD): English (Dolby Atmos), English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 2.40
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5


Plot Synopsis: It’s been five years since everything was awesome, and the citizens of Bricksburg face a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take our heroes — including Emmett (CHRIS PRATT), Lucy (ELIZABETH BANKS), Batman (WILL ARNETT) — a faraway, unexplored world, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical.

Review: The first Lego Movie was a comedy gold, poking fun at pop culture but also had a heart of gold with a great message and wasn’t  overly sugary sweet. Of course, with being a smash at the box office ($470 million worldwide). Now with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, it was a fine not altogether forgettable family film. It did manage to illicit a few chuckles here and there, but the plot was a bit much and even though it was only 100 minutes, this could’ve easily been cut down 10 minutes and nothing would’ve been missed.

The voice acting was, as in the first film, good. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks were great in the leads, Will Arnett’s Batman is one of highlights yet again (and since it’s doubtful we’ll see a Lego Batman Movie 2, nice to hear his grisly voice) and Tiffany Haddish is the newest addition as the conniving  queen of a land, who has matrimonial plans.

But even with a respectable voice cast, this sequel doesn’t have the best plot, felt like it would never end, and worse yet, the jokes didn’t quite hit like they had in the first. Although the filmmaking pair of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller did return to script, with the duo off working on Solo: A Star Wars Story (before being fired), the directing duties were passed off to Mike Mitchell whose filmography includes Deuce Bigalow: Mal Gigolo (for kids!), Shrek Forever After, the wretched Alvin and the Chipmunks: Shipwrecked and Trolls.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


This release comes with a glossy slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

Audio Commentary – Packed house on this one with Director Mike Mitchell, Writers/Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller & Animation Director Trish Gum. Some good personalities here, the group discuss the process of making the sequel and breaking down the animation and the story. Also available on the 4K UHD disc.

They Came in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2 (8:49) – This is a behind-the-scenes featurette that also includes interviews the voice actors (Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, etc) and filmmakers (Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Mike Mitchell).

Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short (2:43) is an animated short film with Emmet planning a party within the apocalyptic setting.

Outtakes and Deleted Scenes (12:22) are sequences that didn’t make the final cut and in rougher shape than the final film.

There’s the  “Super Cool” (Official Lyric Version) Music Video (3:29) and under Promotional Material are a few short featurettes: In 2019 Be Whatever You Want to Be (0:43), Me and My Minifig (3:00), Please Silence Your Cell Phones (0:55), LEGO Sets in Action (2:17) and LEGO Designers (3:30).

 


4K VIDEO – 5.0/5, BD VIDEO – 5.0/5


Not really a big surprise, but animation, especially computer animation, looks phenomenal on 4K UHD. This 2160p presentation, shown in the film’s original 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio, shows off incredibly bright colors and stark black levels throughout. I took special attention to notice any banding and didn’t seem to be any, with seamless transitional backgrounds. Besides that, detail is sharp and very well defined. The Blu-ray however is no slouch either. The 1080p high-definition also looks amazing and while it might receive the HDR boost the 4K did, I still feel it’s remarkable and also pops off the screen.

AUDIO – 4.75/5


Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs come equipped with a Dolby Atmos track by default but also a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track as an alternative, but for this review I will be talking about the former. The Atmos track sounds fantastic, featuring a good range across the board from the centrally located clear dialogue to some awesome (no pun intended) depth which really shines through some of the family-friendly action sequences.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a perfectly fine film for the entire family but it certainly lacked not only the freshness of the first film but also the focus. Even so, the voice cast was still decent and while I likely won’t remember very much, it’s still worth a rental. This 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack has great video and audio transfers alongside some nice bonus material.

 

 

 

The screen captures came from the Blu-ray copy and are here to add visuals to the review and do not represent the 4K video.

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