Sequels. They either run a budding franchise to dust or build it up. In this case, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, established that they are a force to be reckoned with and are continuing to build a solid film franchise, brick by brick.
I know, I know. It sounded ridiculous when I heard about the first one too. A LEGO movie? In a Toy Story-esque setting? But the first Lego Movie wooed me unexpectedly, and the Lego Batman Movie ended up being better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The premise of Lego Movie 2 was all so simple: the society that the young boy (Finn) builds with his dad and their Legos is disrupted by the arrival of his little sister (Bianca) and her own Legos, which is reflected onto a post-apocalyptic dystopian society where a once-perfect Lego city is now “Apocalypseberg” after “aliens” invade.
Lego Movie 2 is nothing short of captivating. The movie is stellar in telling the story of Emmet and Lucy in the Lego realm, but what really yanked me by the heartstrings was the dynamic between Finn and Bianca. Without revealing too much of the plot, the film brought me back to my time as an older brother and what my first interactions were like with my younger sister. Legos aside, this aspect was perhaps the best part of the film: it is grounded, relatable, and classic, for parents and kids with younger siblings alike.
The rest of the film also has a lot of stand-out aspects, from Tiffany Haddish’s Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, Bianca’s “Systar System,” and Rex Dangervest’s references to actor Chris Pratt’s iconic roles (including the rumor mill of him as the next Indiana Jones), and even the kids’ mom stepping on Legos, the most painful experience a human could experience. The film is a perfect blend of heart and humor that anyone can enjoy.
Lego Movie 2 uses the same formula its predecessor used to capture its audience: the “Lego” part of the story, family, and over-the-top music. It doesn’t stray from what it’s established but also feels somewhat too safe. Nevertheless, Lego Movie 2 has big ideas and delivers a heartwarming sequel to the beloved bricks generations have grown to love.