A Toy Story.
Mitchell is clearly afraid to try anything new. Looped in the same process that we have already seen before, this installment works on nothing but humor. And as always, the humor has been ironical, pointing out the obvious in each scenario, it mocks down its own flaws and characters from all the sides. The references too helps in a lot, a culmination of all iconic characters, bubbles up the films, TVs, sports and pop cultural references that clearly is kept in mind in order to tickle its younger audience. And mind you, it’s not for that younger audience- for them the visual effects and action is enough to blow their minds- it is more armed towards the teenage audience.
The musical sequences are my favorites, especially the way they start. There is always one among them opposing to hum along the tune, usually it’s Banks. But personally for me, Arnett’s musical numbers makes me tickle the most. In fact, his entire track is the highlight of the film. Not tied into any strings from the actual plot, he is literally there to mock everyone. His attitude of not accepting his mistakes, no matter how many time they ride that joke, comes out hilarious.
His entire image has gone topsy-turvy; he wears white cloak, he is not a bachelor anymore and he sings and dance to all the beats, and Haddish is the one to blame. Her character swoops in with charm and electrifies the whole screen like a concert. The non-animated part of the film is not only poorly performed but also shot with dull camera work that anchors the film. The emotions that it is trying to capture through it, seems in-congruent to its tone, we are so sunk in this tomfoolery world, that sincerity grows into a myth and the makers should have been aware of it and should have toned it down a bit.
Pratt, voicing two characters this time, is pretty much decent in his revisiting role but much more effecting in his newer suit. The endorsement he does of himself with such commitment and a “cool” voice does fool us along with the characters around him. Banks, the voice of the reason, gets to play the mellow part, despite of having a completely different persona than any other characters, she fails to stand out on her own merits, “her character just isn’t ready to change.”
Unlike the previous one, there aren’t lots of things going on in screen, the makers have definitely minimized the plethora of characters version which helps us stay with the narration easily. The comments passed by famous stars every now and then, steals the thunder of the scene, like when everyone rushes down Batman’s house, Alfred yells, “No shoes!” or Bruce Willis jumping in or an eerie equation of Superman and Green Lantern, the film keeps us busy through these formulas and we all nod along effervescently. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a step down for the franchise where it still might be worth playing with but the original essence is clearly missing.