This animated sequel picks up five years after the story of the original Lego Movie, where everything is no longer “awesome.” The main character, Emmet Brickowski, played by Chris Pratt, always finds a way to enjoy his Lego life. That is, until his friends are abducted from their planet and taken to outer space! Emmet makes it his mission to rescue his friends and bring the “awesome” back home.
Much of what worked in the original Lego Movie is carried over to its sequel. The film’s voice acting is led by some of today’s biggest stars, including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum. Emmet leads, and executes some of the best comedic scenes in the movie.
The animation, although simple, has upgraded from its predecessor. Landscapes are sharp, colors pop, and the Lego animation looks just like the toys we grew up with. Director Mike Mitchell also plays with unique animation techniques such as crayons, illustrations, and string work. Similar to the first movie, The Lego Movie 2 is filled with songs that will be sung long after the theatre, including the “Catchy Song.”
The only disappointing aspect was the removal of some key, original characters. There was no Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, or Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop. There was barely any Will Ferrell.
We are in a time when cinemas are overflowing with sequels, remakes, rehashes, and re-imagining. In some instances, we grow tired of this and need something new and fresh. Other times, however, we simply want to have fun and be entertained. By no means does The Lego Movie 2 reinvent the wheel, but with its animation, stellar voice acting, and family-friendly laughs, it provides plenty of enjoyment for all ages. It may not top the original, but it does provide enough new material to warrant a trip out to the theater for some simple, yet satisfying fun with your family and friends.