One of the hardest techniques any movie or TV show can accomplish is the perfect mix of a children’s movie being enjoyable by the parents, and the first Lego Movie was able to do this quite successfully. It was witty, charming, and hilarious. This left a huge shadow for Lego Movie 2 to chase after and I was a bit critical that it would be as good. I’m glad to say that all the creators proved their talent I and the kids in the audience liked it. But there was something that seemed to be missing from it.
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.
The beginning of Lego Movie 2 takes place immediately after the events of the first one where our main heroes: Emmet, played by Chris Pratt, and Lucy, played by Elizabeth Banks, along with other friends, celebrate their victory over the misguided Lord Business. Immediately after wards, new creatures from the Seestar System arrive that are Duplo creatures.
While Emmet attempts to make peace with them by creating a heart, chaos ensues. Before they know it, everything they hold dear is destroyed by them until eventually they decided to simply stop trying. One day a warrior, superior to anything the heroes have seen before comes and kidnaps them for a wedding ceremony.
With all of his friends gone, Emmet decides that the best way to handle the situation is to go on a mission to save them. Unfortunately, he believes that this occurred because he was not tough enough. Along the way he meets Rex who agrees to assist him in saving his friends while also teaching him how to be tough.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is not ground breaking in any way, shape or form. It follows a familiar Hero’s tale where there as an internal conflict that the main character failed to address early on and that caused the misfortune that caused this adventure. During the adventure the hero goes on a path of self discovery and becomes a more complete self which then leads to overcoming the conflict.
That aspect can be forgiven as this is literally a film for children but does a great job at making it enjoyable for older viewers who have seen this many times before. The small, innocuous punchlines hidden throughout the film. They’re little gemstones that you can’t help but chuckle or even heartedly laugh at. In fact I’m sure everyone would find new jokes to laugh at if they watched it twice.
The film is progressive and sends a positive messages to children as it reminds everyone that they are wonderful just the way they are and they should never feel the need to change to please another. The secondary message was about being open to others and taking the time to understand your peers because nothing ever is what it seems.
While The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was not as good as the first film, it was enjoyable! This is a film you should see in theaters and bring your kids to!