'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' - Movie Review

My review is unlikely to be positive as I didn't much like the first and inevitably find sequels don't match their predecessor - but I was looking for something lightweight to watch.

Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) has taken the war with the Duplos and the reconstruction of Bricksburg as Apocalypseburg in stride, despite the generally post-apocalyptic atmosphere: as far as he's concerned, everything is still awesome. But his girlfriend Wyldstyle wants him to toughen up and face reality - which he kind of does when his best friends are all kidnapped and taken to the "Systar System," which is through the "Stairgate."

The movie is an endless string of pop culture references and knowingly self-referential jokes. A few of these go a long way ... and the two-a-minute rate in this movie went way too far. I get that they're trying to keep the parents of the target audience entertained as the children are watching, but they could have done that just as well by writing a good story. I'm pretty sure the five-to-eight-year-olds aren't getting the 80s and 90s pop music references, and I found it too frenetic and kind of jarring. Of course this isn't too different from the previous movies, except not as good.