Part of the magic behind the original Lego Movie was how writer/directors Christopher Miller and Phillip Lord were able to seamlessly combine a child’s imagination with real-world implications creating a delightful father and son narrative that touched audiences around the globe. It would be hard for any director to follow up the success that Lord and Miller had which is why when Warner Brothers announced Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, I was suddenly nervous. How could we revisit a film which hit all the right notes in the original? Whoever was destined to step into the director’s chair would have to find a way to take what worked before but still tweak it slightly, so the narrative goes in another direction. It seems that Mike Mitchell had a clear understanding of that when he agreed to take the reigns of the sequel
While Mitchell’s follow up does have some familiar elements to it, he manages to forge a whole new direction for this family-centric film. It hits on some highly relatable points bound to resonate with families across the board. Michelle Morgan and Dominic Russo’s story is seamlessly weaved in with Lord and Miller’s screenplay creating a final product which is both relatable and a perfect compliment to the original film. Morgan and Russo’s contribution adds elements of realism which were missing for 3/4 of the original movie. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the perfect experience for the entire family.
So where does the story pick up? Well, it’s been five years since the events surrounding “Taco Tuesday,” and Brickburg has morphed into Apocolypticburg (think Mad Max). Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) spends her days waiting for the next horrific event to occur while Emmet (Chris Pratt) still attempts to see the bright side of everything (even in the face of these conditions). Things, however, take a sudden turn when a threat emerges from another planet which amounts to a “game changer.”
The writing in the sequel is on par with the original. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is paced well yet still manages to take some risks further blurring those lines between fantasy and reality. Without giving away too much of the movie, some of those “riskier” moments evoked memories of me playing with my buddy Chad as we would create worlds with our Legos and G.I. Joe’s. The highlight for me once again was Will Arnett as Lego Batman, but Jonah Hill’s lines as The Green Lantern were pretty hysterical as well.
Overall, Lego Movie 2: The Second Part left me delighted and longing for more from this cinematic universe. I mean… of course, anyone would want another film so they can take their son or daughter to it… yeah… that’s the ticket.