While everything may not be awesome for Emmet and the gang in The LEGO Movie 2, the film itself surely is. To me, it’s even better than the original, which is a feat most sequels fail to achieve. I credit this to the focus on character development and narrative over pure pop culture eye candy, as well as an emotional real world tie-in that can smack you in the gut if you grew up with siblings.
It’s well worth checking out, but if you want the full review you can check it out below in video or script forms.
“Hey now fans of the Awesome, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com to review The LEGO Movie 2, or what I like to call a reminder for big bros to not be dicks to their little sisters the movie, but more on that later.
There will be no spoilers present in this review.
The LEGO Movie 2 is one of those rare sequels that somehow comes off as better than the original, and I’d say it does so by a mile. While the original ’s awesome quotient is hard to discount, when you look back on it, all of the pop culture references and eye candy are just that. There wasn’t much substance outside of the end surprise, so while it’s a great family flick, it’s magic isn’t as strong as the first time you view it.
Although, thanks to the sequel’s focus on furthering character development and relationships, as well as a real world sub plot that caused me to man-sob on more than one occasion, I can tell you that The LEGO Movie 2 not only packs in plenty of pop culture nods and hilarious jokes, but it has real heartfelt emotional notes to complement the vibrant visuals and overall silliness of watching little brick figures live out lives as if they were real.
The story picks up directly after the events of the original, but skips forward 5 years after implying that events in the real world have caused the LEGO world to fall into an apocalypse.
Emmet of course is again the klutzy hero with a heart of gold, but this time around he must figure out who he really wants to be to save his friends, who along with Lucy, get kidnapped by alien forces from another dimension.
Lucy too goes on a similar journey of self discovery, so again, while this movie is funny as hell and is great to watch as a family, it offers legit character growth and emotion, so it elevates the medium of using LEGOs to tell a story to a whole new emotional level.
These two leads offer up the film’s best moments and growth, but a newcomers Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi played by Tiffany Haddish and General Mayhem played by Stephanie Beatriz, definitely stand out as great baddies this time around.
While the animated LEGO action is both cute and hilarious, there really are some fantastic looking moments, as well as plenty of cheeky ones, this film’s true star is its real world sub plot.
Unlike the original, which only revealed the real world aspect of the film at the end, this movie relies on it heavily to tell the story. This not only adds a whole new dimension to this film’s ability to tell stories and create interesting scenes, but it also allows the viewer to relate better emotionally to the LEGO character’s adventure.
More importantly though, the slow boil real world plot really sucks you in by stoking past experiences you may have had with your family, in particular your siblings. Let’s just say that if you are an older brother to a younger sister, this movie will punch you in the gut. Not only because it may remind you of how big of a dick you were, but because it just reminds you of how important your family is to you, regardless of your differences, or in this case, the struggles of kids going through adolescence.
The LEGO Movie 2 deserves a 9 out of 10 review score from Team EB for that fact alone. For some reason, all cartoons get me emotional in my old age, but this one in particular shook me to the core in a good way. So while it still channels the silliness and over-the-top visual feel of the original, this sequel also packs more heart than an animated film about LEGOs could ever dream to pack.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com,, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”