A well-built sequel


The 2nd Lego Movie assembled in theaters February 8th to overall praise. Image credited to imbd.com and Warner Bros.

Delaney Hopp, Staff Writer

Brick by brick, tock by tick, no matter how thin, no matter how thick, the Lego Movie franchise sticks out as an excellent series for all ages. Not only do these charming animated films have great animation, stories, and characters, but also great morals for kids and adults. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, of course, follows this brick path of quality.

The film takes place 5 years after the original and follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), the main character from the original. The original Lego city, Bricksburg, has fallen into an apocalypse caused by destructive Duplo aliens. Emmet travels through the dreaded Stairgate on a quest to the colorful and girly Sistar System to save his friends, though he mostly wants to save his girlfriend, Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) from the aliens that abducted them. On his journey, he teams up with the embodiment of coolness, Rex Dangervest (also Pratt), who teaches him to be more mature, a trait that he lacked, but through a twist that I honestly didn’t see coming, Emmet learns that he didn’t need to change after all.

Though I enjoyed the flick, there were some flaws. Firstly, the weird character turns, like Batman (Will Arnett) falling in love with Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), which seemed out of character for him. Also, the inclusion of extra songs, though this was a self-aware joke, seemed unnecessary. Despite the unnecessary songs, the soundtrack was top notch. I also thought the message was lackluster compared to the original, though that doesn’t mean it was bad. There were some other things, but they involve major spoilers, so I will not mention them.

On a more positive note, the cinematography was excellent, as well as the actors. The colors and use of lighting are used well to set the mood and even though it got annoying sometimes, the purposeful overacting and hammy performances of Pratt and Arnett were still enjoyable and funny in all the right ways. The overly bright colors could get a bit much sometimes, but not in a too annoying way. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and definitely would recommend it to anyone who needs a good smile. People argue that these movies are just for kids, but they’re wrong. Anyone can enjoy these movies in their own way, it’s Lego! Lego isn’t just for kids! The Lego Group sometimes targets adults with their sets and this movie had self-aware jokes that only adults could get, though some critics could find this annoying “please laugh and like me” humor that fills up children’s media today. Other kids movies should take a note from this movie as it gets almost everything right. I often see far more childish humor in modern kids and, sadly, adult movies and cartoons (in the comedy genre). Hopefully, movie studios will take a leaf out of the Lego movie franchise and continue to create well-written, funny, and interesting movies for all to enjoy.

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