By Stacy Bauer & Dax Hughes
It’s been five years since we learned “everything is awesome.” Is that still so? Not to be confused with the two Warner Brothers releases in 2017: The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, our sequel The LEGO Movie 2 is directed By Mike Mitchell (Trolls), and written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
The story continues where the first one left off: with an attack on Bricksburg by aliens from the planet Duplo. After five years of turmoil, the “awesome” planet has been turned into a Mad Max-esque doomsville called Apocalypseburg.
This depicted in the human sphere by Finn’s (Jadon Sand) younger sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) coming to disrupt play; any big brother being bothered by his annoying little sister can attest to the horror! The siblings are further haunted by threats of an impending “Our-mom-ageddon,” for not being able to get along.
Will all persons and pieces be relegated to the storage bin and every world’s end? When the Duplos try the new tactic of abducting the heroic crew, it’s Emmet and Lucy to the rescue (with a little help from Rex and his baby dinos).
The film plays like a delightful musical. Many times I found myself gleeful, wearing a wide grin. You’ll see pop-culture references a’ plenty, to keep the grown-ups entertained, though the whole movie is funny for all and can be universally appreciated.
The newly, endearingly annoying “Catchy Song” counters “Everything is Awesome” with aplomb. Of mention is the quality and tedious detail given to each created character, every tiny scratch and dent can be seen on these Lego pieces.
Also residual, is the important sibling dynamic of quality time shared together. Don’t let childhood bonding pass you by. No need to stay until the very last of the credits roll, there is no teaser, though there is a self-referential song playing about your staying enjoying the credits playing. Enjoy!
“The LEGO Movie 2” is rated PG and runs 90 minutes.
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