Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

“What Men Want” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

It seems to be a universal truth, at least in movies, that if society ever collapses due to some sort of apocalypse, the result would look a lot like a “Mad Max” movie. The landscape would be nothing but sand and dust. Throngs of people would huddle together in huge cities with barely enough resources for all of them to survive. The city, however, would provide protection to its citizens from roaming invaders. Or in the case of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” invaders from outer space.

How did we get here? It’s five years since we last saw super cheerful, happy, and positive to the point where everyone wants to slug him Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt), his edgy girlfriend Lucy (voice of Elizabeth Banks), Batman (voice of Will Arnett), who is also back from his solo adventure, space man Benny (voice of Charlie Day), pirate Metalbeard (voice Nick Offerman), and of course, President Business (voice of Will Ferrell). In that time, young Finn (Jadon Sand) has grown from a little boy into a young man and his sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) has gotten old enough to play with Legos. This revelation led to a disaster in Bricksburg that destroyed the city. It now goes by the name Apocalypseburg. Since everyone in Apocalypseburg is dark and edgy, Lucy has to up her game and goes by the moniker Wyldstyle now.

Everyone was affected by the disaster brought on by the one called Sis-star except, of course, for Emmet. He’s still has cheerful and upbeat as ever. He also still listens to the catchy pop song “Everything Is Awesome” all the time, but at least now he has a few style variations to change things up a bit. Pratt has fun voicing Emmet, a guy who sees the bright side of every situation. He has even more fun voicing Emmet’s mentor, a loner from space with the awesome name of Rex Dangervest. The tone and cadence of Rex’s speech is reminiscent of Pratt’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” co-star Kurt Russell’s manner of speaking in “Big Trouble in Little China,” which itself was an homage to John Wayne. So there you have it. Forty years after his passing, the spirit of the Duke is alive and well on the big screen.

The movie itself has the same type of fun with Pratt, commenting on his chubby to chiseled body transformation and nodding to his character’s skills as a velociraptor trainer in the “Jurassic World” movies. “Second Part” also pokes fun at sparkly vampires, showing it’s never too late to rip on “Twilight.” The grownups in the audience will get a little kick out of Bruce Willis’s voice cameo and the various methods of time travel that are rattled off at one point.

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“Second Part” works as a fun action-adventure movie with a lot of imagination and a lot of heart. Like the first “Lego” movie from 2014, there is also a lesson to be learned, this time about growing up and taking responsibility. Not a movie to be too schmaltzy, the treacle at the end is cleaved by an ear worm of a song, part of which touts how great closing credits are to watch. In the case of “Second Part,” the end credits do what all great end credit sequences do: They provide something fun to look at--and to listen to. Buy it.

More New Releases: “What Men Want,” starring Taraji P. Henson as a woman who develops the ability to hear the thoughts of the men around her; “The Prodigy,” in which a mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him, starring Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Jackson Robert Scott, and Colm Feore; and “They Shall Not Grow Old,” director Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary featuring newly restored archival footage from the era.

Andrew Hudak is a lifelong film lover. His column on Blu-Ray new releases appears every Tuesday. He lives in Connecticut.

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