The LEGO Movie should have been terrible. It sounds like such a cynical money-grab of an idea, making a film about a plotless collection of bricks, coasting entirely on brand recognition and existing only to sell more toys.
But it was amazing: a hilarious, heartwarming, visually spectacular masterpiece, so much better than it needed to be, plus it still sold a zillion toys – magnificent work all round. And large men wept in cinemas at that live-action bit then immediately texted their dads. Brilliant stuff.
That was five long years ago, and in that time, Chris Pratt (the voice of main LEGO chap Emmett) has gone from “Oh that guy, I like him” to megastar, something the new movie seems very aware of, with Pratt also voicing new character Rex Dangervest, an action hero who stares a lot of traits with other characters Pratt has portrayed. He’s a galaxy-defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer, nods to Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Magnificent Seven and Jurassic World, as well as the occasional rumours that Pratt could one day play Indiana Jones.
(It’s fun, because “The Second Part” could both mean, like, another LEGO part, or that Chris Pratt has two parts in the film. Plus Pratt contains all the letters of Part. Shame his name isn’t Chris Prat. Hey, do you think he knows that Prat is a funny word in Britain?)
A big part of the new film is said to focus on gender roles, and the often patronising way in which toys are marketed to girls. It looks like Rex Dangervest, as an ultra-masculine, none-more-manly character, is probably a part of that.
How will they improve upon the catchiest theme tune in the history of music, though?
Guess we’ll all find out on February 8th 2019.