The Lego Movie 2 starts straight after The Lego Movie (2014) finishes and then quickly moves on five years. In the intervening five years Bricksburg, the home of our Lego hero Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), has fallen on hard times and is now known as Apocalypseburg, think Mad Max but made with Lego.

Everything is no longer awesome in the land of Lego and the only person that appears to be happy is Emmet who still goes to work drinks his coffee and sings along to “Everything Is Awesome”.

Just as Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) is about to tell Emmet to man up a spaceship arrives from the Systar Galaxy carrying envoy General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz). Mayhem it turns out has been sent by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish). His mission is to get Batman (Will Arnett) and take him to the Queen so they can be married.

Batman, who gets most of the best gags, refuses to give up his bachelor ways and along with Lucy, Unkitty (Alison Brie), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and Benny (Charlie Day), is kidnapped by Mayhem to the Systar Galaxy.

Left behind Emmet heads off to rescue them and on the way he meets up with arrogant adventurer Rex Dangerfest (Pratt again).

The jokes come thick and fast as the pair attempt to rescue their buddies, too fast at times as the pace of Lego Movie 2 is relentless, not in a good way though as most of the jokes fall flat, the one outstanding joke is a scene involving Bruce Willis who makes a short cameo appearance.

The Lego Movie 2 isn’t a patch on its predecessor and at 1 hour 47minutes feels like it could have been trimmed to a more audience friendly length.

Young children, who are after all its target audience, will no doubt love it.

The Lego Movie 2 (U)

1h 47m

Director: Mike Mitchell
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz

UK Release: Friday 8th February 2019

The Lego Movie 2 - "Good Morning Apocalypseburg" Clip

The Lego Movie 2 - "Emmet & Rex Make An Epic Wscape" Clip