Everything is awesome in the Lego Movie 2

Bella Sandoval, Sports Editor

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Chris Pratt returns as the voice of Emmet, a cheerful character who is the last optimistic person in Bricksburg (now known as Apocalypseburg after a five-year incursion from the Systar System). The residents of Apocalypseburg are now hardened Fury Road-style warriors—Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) is rocking a steampunk look, Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie) has gone permanently red and Benny (Charlie Day) has a metal arm. Apocalypseburg makes a lot of cute visual gags and reference just like the first movie, but lacks originality.
The action takes a while to get going but really starts when a collection of minifigs get sucked into the Systar System, where ruler Queen Watevra Wa’nabi (Tiffany Haddish) wants to marry Batman. Emmet sets off to save his friends and on the way encounters Rex Dangervest, (also voiced by Pratt) and an amalgamation of his franchise-hero roles. Rex Dangervest is a good addition and humor to the story, but Rex Dangervest does not play as well as Arnett’s gravel-voiced riff on Batman did in the first movie, whereas the second one is not nearly as humorous.
The LEGO Movie 2 is still a nice diversion, but without the surprise element of the first film, it feels less special and unique. The LEGO Movie 2 was good—just not enough to live up to the first one.

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Everything is awesome in the Lego Movie 2