The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

2019, PG, 90 min. Directed by Mike Mitchell. Voices by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum. Starring Maya Rudolph, Jadon Sand, Brooklynn Prince, Will Ferrell.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Everything is still pretty dang awesome in this waggishly entertaining sequel to one of the most creative animated movies released in recent memory. Upon first viewing half a decade ago, The LEGO Movie enthralled and (better yet!) surprised in a way that upturned all expectations about a film that deceptively appeared on its face to be a feature-length advertisement for a Danish toy. But now that we’re aware of the human ingenuity shaping the adventures of good-guy Emmet (Pratt) in a world composed entirely of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks, the wow factor has unavoidably dimmed a little.

Picking up exactly where the first film ended and then quickly fast-forwarding five years, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s smartly conceived screenplay constructs and then deconstructs two competing Lego universes: one, a bleak dystopian landscape of Mad Max-inspired mayhem from the adolescent male imagination of the now-teenage Finn (Sand) from the original movie, and the other, a bright and sparkly kingdom of girlish whimsy imagined by his younger sibling, Bianca (Prince). While The LEGO Movie 2 may be faulted for its traditional gender biases, the big brother/little sister conflict mines territory with a specificity that will hit home for some adults in the audience, depending on past familial experiences. While the sequel lacks a third-act revelation on par with the first movie, the big surprise here is not a narrative twist, but an unexpected tug on the heart.

The laughs come at a steady pace, with most of them courtesy of the subtitles translating the squawking dialogue of a horde of minion raptors employed by a new tough-guy character named Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Pratt, but with a John Wayne cadence and a nod to his role in Jurassic World). Compared to the original film and the subsequent Batman-themed follow-up, the secondary characters here are few and far between, reducing the possibilities for nudge-nudge humor. (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, however, makes a brief appearance.) But the movie’s constant meta-comedy recognition of the endearing yet aggravating earworm quality of the first film’s “Everything Is Awesome” theme song may be its most effectual in-joke. Because once you’ve again heard that tune in its various incarnations in this sequel, good luck getting it out of your head.

Showtimes

Mon., Feb. 18

11:35am, 12:15, 2:45, 3:50, 6:00, 9:30

Tue., Feb. 19

3:05, 4:00, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 12:10, 1:00

Wed., Feb. 20

12:05, 12:50, 3:05, 4:05, 6:00, 9:30

Thu., Feb. 21

12:40, 1:35, 3:30, 4:25, 6:25, 9:35

Mon., Feb. 18

10:50am, 1:40, 3:05, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Feb. 18

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:50, 1:45, 4:35, 6:25, 9:15

Tue., Feb. 19

6:30, 9:25
AFA 1:05

Wed., Feb. 20

6:30, 9:25

Mon., Feb. 18

12:20, 3:10, 6:20, 9:10

Tue., Feb. 19

4:10, 6:30, 9:45
AFA 1:20

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Feb. 18

12:00, 1:10, 3:00, 6:45, 9:50

Tue., Feb. 19

3:40, 6:40, 10:35
AFA 12:45

Wed., Feb. 20

12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:50

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., Feb. 18

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:40
CC/DVS 10:30am, 11:20am, 1:10, 3:00, 4:00, 7:40, 8:20

Tue., Feb. 19

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:40, 10:20
CC/DVS 10:30am, 11:20am, 1:10, 3:00, 4:00, 7:40, 8:30, 11:00

Wed., Feb. 20

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:40
CC/DVS 10:30am, 11:20am, 1:10, 3:00, 4:00, 7:40, 8:20

Sat., Feb. 23

sensory friendly 11:00am

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., Feb. 18

10:40am, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00
3-D 12:50
digital 10:00am, 10:40am, 12:00, 1:30, 2:45, 4:20, 5:30, 6:25, 7:10, 8:20, 10:00

Tue., Feb. 19

1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00
3-D 12:50
digital 12:00, 1:30, 2:45, 4:20, 5:30, 6:25, 7:10, 8:20, 9:20, 10:00

Wed., Feb. 20

1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00
3-D 12:50
digital 12:00, 1:30, 2:45, 4:20, 5:30, 6:25, 7:10, 8:20, 9:20, 10:00

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:40, 3:20, 4:40, 6:10, 7:35, 9:20, 10:25

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 12:40, 1:50, 3:20, 4:45, 6:10, 7:35, 8:50, 10:25

Wed., Feb. 20

digital 12:40, 1:50, 3:20, 4:45, 6:10, 7:35, 8:50, 10:25

Mon., Feb. 18

3-D 9:50
digital 10:30am, 11:55am, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 4:45, 5:35, 7:00, 7:40, 8:25

Tue., Feb. 19

3-D 9:50
digital 10:30am, 11:55am, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 4:45, 5:35, 7:00, 7:40, 8:25

Wed., Feb. 20

3-D 9:50
digital 10:30am, 11:55am, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 4:45, 5:35, 7:00, 7:40, 8:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., Feb. 18

3-D 10:30
digital 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35

Tue., Feb. 19

3-D 10:30
digital 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35

Wed., Feb. 20

3-D 10:30
digital 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Feb. 18

3-D 9:35
digital 10:35am, 11:25am, 1:15, 2:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:50, 7:45, 10:30

Tue., Feb. 19

3-D 9:35
digital 10:35am, 11:25am, 1:15, 2:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:50, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., Feb. 20

3-D 9:35
digital 10:35am, 11:25am, 1:15, 2:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:50, 7:45, 10:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:50, 2:40, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 12:00, 12:50, 2:40, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., Feb. 18

1:15, 4:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05

Tue., Feb. 19

1:15, 4:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05

Wed., Feb. 20

1:15, 4:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., Feb. 18

10:30am, 11:00am, 12:00, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 9:15, 10:15

Tue., Feb. 19

11:00am, 12:00, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 9:15, 10:15

Wed., Feb. 20

11:00am, 12:00, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:15
OC 6:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., Feb. 18

CC 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 8:15

Tue., Feb. 19

CC 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:45, 2:45, 5:00, 6:45, 10:30

Wed., Feb. 20

CC 11:30am, 1:45, 2:45, 5:00, 6:45, 10:30

Thu., Feb. 21

CC 11:30am, 1:45, 2:45, 5:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., Feb. 18

CC 12:15, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10

Tue., Feb. 19

CC 12:15, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10

Wed., Feb. 20

CC 12:15, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10

Thu., Feb. 21

CC 12:15, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30

Thu., Feb. 21

CC/DVS 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., Feb. 18

11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00

Tue., Feb. 19

11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00

Wed., Feb. 20

11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00

Thu., Feb. 21

11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., Feb. 18

11:30am, 12:30, 2:45, 3:45, 6:00, 9:15

Tue., Feb. 19

11:30am, 1:00, 2:45, 4:00, 6:00, 9:15

Wed., Feb. 20

11:30am, 12:30, 2:45, 3:45, 6:00, 9:15

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., Feb. 18

3-D, CC/DVS 1:45, 4:30
CC/DVS 7:30

Tue., Feb. 19

3-D, CC/DVS 1:45, 4:30
CC/DVS 7:30

Wed., Feb. 20

3-D, CC/DVS 4:30
CC/DVS 7:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., Feb. 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., Feb. 18

9:00am, 10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., Feb. 19

10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., Feb. 20

10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 9:00

Thu., Feb. 21

10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 9:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., Feb. 18

10:15am, 11:05am, 11:40am, 12:25, 1:15, 3:30, 3:55, 5:25, 7:00, 8:30

Tue., Feb. 19

10:15am, 11:05am, 11:40am, 12:25, 1:15, 3:30, 3:55, 5:25, 7:00, 8:30

Wed., Feb. 20

10:15am, 11:05am, 11:40am, 12:25, 1:15, 3:30, 3:55, 5:25, 7:00, 8:30

Thu., Feb. 21

11:05am, 11:40am, 12:25, 3:30, 3:55, 5:25, 7:00, 8:50

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Mon., Feb. 18

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45

Tue., Feb. 19

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45

Wed., Feb. 20

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., Feb. 18

10:50am, 1:30, 6:40
3-D 4:10

Tue., Feb. 19

1:30, 6:40
3-D 4:10

Wed., Feb. 20

1:30, 6:40
3-D 4:10

Thu., Feb. 21

1:30, 7:45, 10:15
3-D 4:10

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., Feb. 18

10:30am, 11:00am, 11:50am, 12:50, 1:35, 2:25, 3:25, 4:10, 5:00, 5:45, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:20

Tue., Feb. 19

11:40am, 12:30, 1:00, 2:10, 3:00, 3:45, 4:40, 5:20, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 8:45

Wed., Feb. 20

11:40am, 12:30, 1:00, 2:10, 3:00, 3:45, 4:40, 5:20, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 8:45

Mon., Feb. 18

5:00, 6:45, 10:50

Tue., Feb. 19

5:00, 6:45, 10:50

Wed., Feb. 20

5:00, 6:45, 10:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., Feb. 18

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Tue., Feb. 19

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Wed., Feb. 20

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Thu., Feb. 21

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Thu., Feb. 21

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

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