Back in 2014, audiences received the acclaimed “ The Lego Movie”. A film that despite being based on such a bare minimum concept somehow managed to overflow with ideas creativity and witty humour. 2019 sees the return of this film's creativity in its sequel “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”. Like the original, the film follows Emmett and his friends, except now he finds himself in an almost post-apocalyptic dystopian wasteland that used to be his home. His friends Batman, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny end up on a star-trekking adventure to the distant 'Sis-tar System’. This movie will be quite great for kids given that it is chock full of positivity and champions cooperation and teamwork as well as creativity. Even it's characters are a celebration of these ideas, like Emmett who is optimistic even in the worst of times.
The film finds itself in good graces as it immediately diverges from the original in terms of plot structure and instead makes its own story and place within the ‘Lego Universe’. The movie switches between a live action reality and the Lego world to show a conflict building between the young creator in the last film, Finn and his younger sister Bianca. This conflict does provide compelling and intriguing moments that are sure to remind many adults with siblings of their childhoods. It definitely does find it's own footing in creative and witty humour but often at times this humour becomes mostly self-referential, and that could almost suggest a stagnation of ideas in trying to live up to the original film. Amidst all the pieces of the film that do fit together, it does feel like one is missing. It ultimately boils down to the fact that the novelty of the movie in itself had worn off and did not capture the same charm and engagement of the original. While younger kids will love the stories captured within it and the fast-paced humour and creativity, those of us who were around when the original released might not and instead may find it to be good but just not great.
Many, nearly all sequels fail to live up to the energy and ingenuity of their original films, but it could definitely be suggested that “The Lego Movie 2” comes reasonably close and produces an entertaining and fun film in spite of its flaws.
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