Everything is still Awesome!
The Lego Movie was thought to be your standard cash grab animated movie just to sell toys and with a chosen one story we’ve heard a bunch of times before didn’t help. It turned out that we are wrong. The Lego Movie turned out to be not to be a funny and heartwarming movie about creativity. This one is directed by Mike Mitchell may not be the best director ever (though I’d recommend Sky High) he’s had experience with CGI animated movies and live action movies (considering that this is both).
The first movie ended on a cliffhanger involving Finn’s sister and her Duplos and the sequel starts off with the aftermath where everything is now apocalyptic except Emmett. Spoiler: Honestly just be watching the ending of the first one you can tell that this is a gender war between Finn and his sister Bianca and how they don’t get along. The real world twist doesn’t have the same wow impact as in the first one. The twist with the sister’s toys being good was nice though.
Now with the not so awesome stuff out of the way let’s talk about the awesome stuff. Chris Pratt is still as innocent as Emmett. There’s such a heart and likability to this character and I don’t think I can see anyone else as Emmett. Chris Pratt also plays Rex Dangervest a badass version of Emmett and a great foil (and main villain) to him. The animation is still as wonderful as it was in 2014. It’s amazing how animators can make CGI look like stop motion with a little bit of 2d animation on the faces. Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi’s ability to shapeshift gives some really great animation.
The Lego Movies are known for having really good comedy and that’s still the case here. There are references and little details that you could miss on your first watch. However some jokes fall flat like one involving Rex stealing Wonder Woman’s invisible jet and says her lasso is still in there. No payoff and no reason for the joke.
The Lego Movie 2 still has the creativitiy and the heart of the first movie and even the Batman spinoff while also showing new themes about family. It may not be as impactful as the first one but is still a nice follow up to the first one.
+ Chris Pratt as Emmett and Rex