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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Review – Brickaholics Anonymous

A review by Sean Daniel







  • It’s appealing to both kids and adults.
  • Being made of LEGO, the film is imaginative and vibrantly animated.
  • Queen Whatevra Wa-nabi is a fun new character.


  • There are slightly confusing twists for younger kids.
  • The humor, while funny, is not as fresh or snappy as it could be.
  • It lacks the emotional punch of the first two LEGO films.

Welcome to a world where everything isn’t awesome.


Following the LEGO Duplo Invasion (as shown at the end of the first LEGO film), the world has been plunged into disaster. Constant raids by Duplo monsters mean everything looks like Mad Max: Fury Road – and that nothing is awesome. It also means that joyful, seemingly oblivious hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) is at odds with a battle-hardened Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). When an alien commander visits the apocalyptic wasteland in search of a fierce warrior, it’s up to Emmet to rescue them from the glittery Systar System – and to find himself among the stars.


The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part floundered on its opening weekend, making roughly 35 million on an almost 100 million dollar budget. The previous film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, was a spinoff that also struggled in the box office, although that film also fared poorly with critics and fans. This film has been far better received. Seeing these numbers is like watching a murder mystery, where only one thing is for certain: this doesn’t bode well for the franchise.


I’m left wondering who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see such a fun little film. Its creativity and writing are to be lauded, not ignored. It’s got a type of humour for everyone. There’s slapstick, references, sight gags, witty dialogue, and Bat-puns. It introduces great new characters too, including one I wasn’t expecting to stand out.


Queen Whatevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) is a shapeshifting pile of plastic, a blob made of LEGO bricks and sassy style. Her sporadic shapeshifting, attitude, and musical numbers make her a standout. That’s even among a cast full of kooky characters like MetalBeard (Nick Offerman), Benny the Spaceman (Charlie Day) and Unikitty (Alison Brie). She’s an inventive character that must have taken a lifetime to animate. One second she’s a horse, and the next she’s a dinosaur. She’s basically what LEGO sets should be.


In fact, this movie gets what a film made from LEGO should be – imaginative. Most objects are made of LEGO bricks, but they have scratches and marks as they would in real life. The vehicles, characters, creatures, and worlds are so creative, and surprisingly, many of them are LEGO sets you can buy on the shelf.


It didn’t take long for me to get used to the singing parts. After all, the original LEGO Movie had ‘Everything is Awesome’, sung numerous times by members of the cast; though that fit perfectly because it was meant to indoctrinate naïve minifigures like Emmet. Now we have songs like “The Catchy Song” and “Gotham City Guys” (sung in tandem with Batman, who is voiced by Will Arnett), which are real earworms. Don’t expect Disney-level numbers, but still, they’re going to get stuck inside your head.

There are a few snags. Some of the character’s motivations are intentionally unclear, but that might be a little confusing to younger kids. If I were a five year-old boy or girl who loved LEGO, I’d be a little confused by some of the plot twists. At the same time, it’s hard to call it a flaw if it’s intentional, and there’s also a lot of eye candy and action to make up for it.


The worst offender is the film’s humor still falls short of the first LEGO Movie, as well as The LEGO Batman Movie. The jokes are there, but many lack the fresh new spark and snappy zest. My favourite gag (as seen in the trailer, so no spoilers) is where Emmet smudges the tough-guy stubble dots he’s drawn on his face. The numerous references to other films, characters and franchises are nice to have, but nothing beats the smart humor of these films.

Even if the humor is paces behind The LEGO Movie, it’s still miles ahead of many modern Disney films, and just as charming. It does lack the emotional punch of something like Big Hero 6, or a Disney-Pixar film like Coco. The first LEGO Movie was thoughtful and fun, while this film leans almost entirely towards towards the latter.


Brickaholics will gobble this up, thinking it’s the best thing since the invention of the minifigure. Objectively, it’s a flawed yet fun children’s film that also appeals to adults. The lack of financial returns does not speak to the quality of the film. It’s an enjoyable sequel that deserves a lot more attention.


-Sean Daniel

Etiquette Tips

Etiquette Tip of the Week: Thank Them Before You Need Them 
By Callista Gould, Author and Certified Etiquette Instructor


It’s time for the Etiquette Tip of the Week Valentine’s Day tradition – to honor and cherish the ones who are nearest and dearest to us. The ones who make our day a little bit more special and who we can’t imagine our lives without.


No, I’m not talking about our significant others. I’m talking about the IT Department.

Who has seen us at our worst but still put us first? It’s the men and women of the IT Department, who magically restore our computers, make our laptops and iPads talk to the video equipment in the auditorium and somehow get that wifi-thingy to link us to the rest of the connected world.

Where would we be without them? Completely despondent in an empty conference room, downing leftover donuts from the morning Marketing meeting. (The same can’t be said for the Sales meeting. They leave nothing behind.)


When we are calling on the IT department, we are often frustrated and stressed out. It’s important not to transfer our stress to people trying to help us. Instead, try a kind word of appreciation for the time spent on your digital dilemma, no matter what the outcome. I once had a laptop with smoke coming out of it. Despite the valiant resuscitation efforts of the tech-spert, it didn’t end well.


This Valentine’s week, show a little love for your IT Department. Buy them some donuts or bagels. Order in some pizzas or sandwiches. Send them a note of appreciation for all their hard work the rest of the year. If you can’t find the words to express yourself, just forward this Etiquette Tip of the Week.


Thank you, IT Department, for making us all look like we know what we’re doing.

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Business Marketing Tips from Al

Business Marketing Tips - Calendar Event marketing management consultant Al Pervin


Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day...and so on. Do you get tired of one more calendar-related sale? Don't, because event marketing is a good idea:


Tying calendar events to your marketing cycle freshens your program. What's really boring is when a business is same-old. Even if it's a small new twist on Mother's Day shopping, it gives you something to push. It gives shoppers something to think about.


When you recognize a calendar event, you are showing you care what shoppers are thinking. Maybe you own a hardware store and most shoppers are men. You can bet they are thinking about what to get Mom if Mother's Day is coming. There are a lot of products for Moms in a hardware store. If you can highlight those, your male shopper has one less trip to make. You land one more sale.


Calendar events are 'hooks'. Black Friday has redefined the holiday shopping season. The term Black Friday may not truly reflect the glee people feel when they get a deal. But it's a hook-term. People say it without thinking of any true meaning. It's a shopping hook.

Local works. If your community has a big parade in the summer, work your marketing around it. Homecoming weekend can mean big dollars because people may have a need for certain products and services but also just because it's there.


Life is very complex. Shoppers need simple 'hooks' to capture their attention, and the attention of their wallets. Review your marketing calendar. Sharpe your focus. Learn to love the 'hooks'.


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-Al Pervin, manageent consultant




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