Review: The LEGO Movie 2, The Second Part (4K)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray May 7. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take the whole team and friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are. Are you ready?

Plot: It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Director:  Mike Mitchell

Aspect Ratio: 2.35.1

Runtime: 107 min

Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: While it isn’t quite as much fun as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an animated all-ages franchise with heart and humor to spare.

Online Ratings:

  1. Rotten Tomatoes 86%
  2. IMDB 6.8
  3. Metacritic 65

“Fun filled experience for the entire family.”

Review:

This movie was digitally made as a 2K Digital Intermediate, so that means you’ll get upscaled 4K image for this release. As per the norm with UHD releases, it was also given a HDR color grade for your viewing pleasure in HDR10. When it comes to grain, there is practically none, but that’s to be expected for digitally made films.

The selling point on the 4K disc will be the HDR and detail. Throughout the course of the movie, practically every shot — both close and far — reveal an incredible amount fine detail. You will notice small imperfections on the figures likes dings and scratches, even the natural thinning of paint. Various textures on the figures will be noticeable as well — including the fabric on capes, hair styles and other additions to the characters. This continues with the surrounding environment — you will see new and fading paint, faint blemishes, scratches and fingerprints from the natural wear and tear on LEGOs. If that wasn’t enough, the shadow details on the disc are in full effect adding more depth and definition than seen on the Blu-ray disc.

Moving to the HDR perspective, overall the colors are very impressive. You will see an abundance of bold blues, pinks, reds and greens taking center stage — literally jumping right off the screen. It was hard to pin-point specific scenes since everything is so full of color and life, but you can already assume going in that the reds and oranges in and around fire and lava look fantastic, plus the blue and green hues coming from ships — perfect. There are so many instances where the color POPS! If you’ve seen the previous film, you already know what I mean.

Beyond that, the Blu-ray disc still holds up in strong way, it just doesn’t meet the level of detail the UHD disc showcases — and while some of the colors may appear brighter, it doesn’t have realistic tone that HDR will naturally provide. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a 4K UHD player, you’ll still get a great image from the standard Blu-ray if you choose to go that route.

The Lego movie franchise has been on roll for some years now and while this isn’t the best film, it still holds up as a true family experience with story, meaning and heart. There are so many pop-culture references mixed in for the adults to continue to have fun with, while the light-hearted jokes and banter keep the kids entertained. It’s a perfect storm. With that, this movie definitely comes recommended, not only as a solid addition to your growing 4K collection, but also for the entire family to enjoy. On a box office note, this film didn’t do nearly as good as the first LEGO movie, but $200 million isn’t a bad take either. I wonder if a third film is on the way? I guess we will have to wait and see.

You can own The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K, Blu-ray an DVD May 7th or own it on Digital right now.

Cheers,

Matt.